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12 12. 91 No.

66 - December i*i

The ESO Council Visits Chile W N .ltm-m

H. VAN DER MAN, Director General, ESO

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Ww. A lag& mrnbw of Illu$Mpw
g w t s mqmcled to the @ht Invlwon
by We Rector of the UnkwsIW db:
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mysdf, The Chtleern Mini$& o? E d w
am, Dm R i c h @Qs EscobarI WIV-
sread the MkM apmlrtg s-h, and
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f h e actual Council rneetlng tmk place
on December 4 (In Antofagasta), 5 (atLa
Silla) and 6 (in the UN CEPAL building In
Santiago) and dealt with a nnurnb%rd
Important matters. Councli was pleased
to learn that the VLT project is proceed-
Ing aocwding to the for-n time
schedule and, in particular, wRhin the
greed budget frame. The recent suc-
cessful proddon of the first 8-metm
blank at Schott for the VLT {which stlll
hasto be ceramimd into the zero-wpm-
sion Zerodur material) was noted with
enthuslmrn. The planning of the VLT
instrumenhtion Is progmlng at a gwd
pace (cf, the overview article In
Messenger W, p.1Q September 1891).
Another important agenda Item was a
thorough dFscuaslon about the relations
with the host state of our observatories,
summing up morethan 25 years of ex&-
lent wllabotatlon betweon €SO and
Pacini, h i d e n t of the ESO CoundI 0; Prof Jaime Lavadm Mont8s, Rsctw of the Chile, and consiMng how in the future
Uniwmk4d de Chile (second Irom Mi);and M.U. van dw Leen, DIredw G e m 1 of ESO,ai these bonds can be made more effective
tha Ineugwah of the LiSO Exhiibltonat the Univmided da Chic /n Sentlago cn UacemW2. still to both partnew' benefit, now that
The display wit1 remain open to the public until fhe and of Jammy 1992, Whmafier It wlll be ESO is buildlng the VLT Observatory.
bans- to Lg Smna for &My drving the annual summer fair In that city. From there It On Monday, December 9, ths Pred-
ktw tmv& to Anto-a. dent of the Republlcof Chile, DonPaMcio
Aylwin Azocar, granted an audience to a
In my discourse 1 emphasized that the Silla by ESO bus. Hem the Council small ESO delegatton, headed by Prof.
Wty of any research enterprise d e members were met by the ta SHla staff Franco Pacini, President of the ESO
pends first and foremost on its human and spent the rest of the day informing Coundl. Pmldent Aylwin was infonnsd
resources. The most important condi- themselves about the state of affairs at about the state of development of our
tion for the successful elaboration of ESO's main tnstalIatlon, and also about Organlzatbn, in which he exprmed a
ESO's partnership wlth Chlle's as- the preparatkns for the move to Sari- keen, appreciative Interest. The ESO d e
fronomy cemrnunlty Is that community's tiago of part of the staff, In partl~u tar the legation expressed Rs gratitude for the
ability to attract more talents from the Adminlstrathn, to win in the course of hospitalNy and support from the Repub-
body of students wkh Interest in sci- 1992. Ilc's authorities during the past 28 years
ence,to astronomy. This point was also In the evening, vislts were arranged to and looks forward to continued collab-
discussed with care In two separate au- the various telescqm. The sky was oration In the decades to come.
diences with two of CMle's ministers, dear and there was a beautiful view of Most of the Council members re-
Don Ricardo Lagos and Don Edgardo the sunset over the Paclf~c,at the pres- turned to Europe at the end of the week.
Boenin~er,in the week before. ent time with a particularly strong red W o w departure, many of them ex-
The next day, Council travelled by air hue due to the dust In the h l ~ h&no- p d sathfactlon abwt the vlsh, b v -
ta Antofagasta and onwards to Paranal sphere from the eruptlon earlier this year lng found It very useful and contributing
by bus. The stark desert landscapa was of the Plnatuba volcano on the Philip- to the work of Council. They came away
admired by the delgates,some of whom pines (cf. the photo on page 68). Then with a better understanding of tho con-
vlsitad A t a m a for the first time. On the the marvellous southern &y came into dltiona at the remote sites and were
top of the mountah, they were received view, adding this grandest of all Insplra- vlslbly Impress& by the €SO opera-
by various members of the €SO staff, tions In astronomy to the delegates' tions. This working visit had oeminly
Including those who have been respon- many impresstons. fuMHed expectations.
sible for the long-term she ttesting that
finally led to the acceptance of Pamal
as the VLT she.There was ample oppor-
tunlty to lnsp& the progress of the
levelling of the top (Including a big blast
that day!) and to get a W l n g fw the
unusual worklng and living condlons at
this remote site. In the evening, CouncH
returned to Antofagasta and spent the
night there. A visR was m n g e d to the
slte in the outskirts of the town where
ESO Is acquiring a small property for Its
Mure installdons in that ctty.
Council left Antofagasta In the early
aflemoon of December 4, flew to La
%ens (Ladeco, the intmd Chllean air-
line, had been convinced to make an
unscheduled stop there) and on to La A rec@hn was heM at the EsO Guesthouse In Santiago, In the evening of m b e r 2.
VLT Contracts

structures, 88 well as the subsequent construction of the octagonal, rotating

The &Bmetre Mirrors
dismantling, packing and transport to building and the mirror cell with ac-
Last year, ESO awarded the contracts the VLT Observatory at Paranal. The tuators for the computer-controlled, ac-
for manufacture of the 8.2-metre blanks contract also covers the erection and tive-optics MT mirror. EIE was also In-
to Schott Glaswerke AG In Mainz and final testing at Paranal. volved in studies of the VLT domes.
for their polishing to R.E.O.S.C. in Paris, The items to be supplied by the con- Another Italian Consortium, formed by
respectively (cf.Messenger 53, p. 2 and tractors include all of the steel struc- Ansaldo Componenti (leader),CRlV and
57, p. 34.) tures which will carry the optical mirror INNSE, constructs the 3.5-m Galileo Te-
At Schott, each of the three anneal- cells and astronomical instruments; ad- lescope for Italy, a twin of the ESO MT.
inglceramiting ovens was filled with a vanced hydrostatic bearings on which The construction of the VLT main
meniscus blank. On November 12 one these heavy structures wlll rest; direct structures will start within a few months
blank came out after completion of the drive motors wlth 9-metre diameter and the parts for the first of the four 8-m
annealing and was transported onto a which will move the telescopes (the d e telescopes will be delivered to P m a l
CNC machine for machining to the sign of these motors is based on an in late 1994. The erection and testing
dmlred meniscus shape. This activity axial, dual air-gap configuration and will be ready in September 1995, where-
Was followed immediately by the next they will be some of the biggest ever after h e giant mirrors, which are made
cast. built), and high-precision encoders that In Germany and polished in France, will
At REOSC the new building reached will measure the exact position of the be installed. The other three telescopes
the roofing stage In October (Fig. 1). In telescopes, so that they can be correctly will then follow in one-year intervals, so
December the installation of the lNNSE and accurately pointed. A schematic that the entire VLT complex can be
turntable and SOCOFRAM computer- drawing of one of the four VLT unit tele- ready in 1998, just over ten years after
controlled polisher will start. It is ex- scopes with all of these components is the decision by the Council of ESO to
pected that the new 8-rn polishing fac- shown in Figure 2. build the world's largest optical tele
tory will be ready for the first tests on the Thls contract requires very high en- scope.
8-m dummy in AprH 1992. gineering quality with respect to techni-
cal reliability, safety and lifetime in order
to guarantee the planned performance
Next Contracts
The Main Structure of the VLT and to fully satisfy the high The years 1991 and 1892 represent
On September 24, another major VLT expectations of European astronomers the culmination of the VLT planning
contract was signed with the "AES Con- in the scientific capabilities of their fu- period. Durlng the next 12 months,
sortium" of three Italian companies dur- ture giant telescope. For this reason, the andher dozen VLT contracts will be
ing a small ceremony at the ESO Italian firms have decided to pool their awarded after the normal tendering pro-
headqu&ers in Garching. It concerns extensive resources and experience. cedure has led to the identification of
the construction of the main mechanical ElE and Ansaldo Componenti have the best suppliers.
structures of the four 8-m VLT unit tele- made important contributions to the Among these contracts are the MI/
%opes, each of which will weigh more constructions of the ESO 3.5-m New M3 units, the IW2 units, M2 and M3
than 440 tons and yet must be Technology Telescope, including the mirrors, the VLT enclosures, the civil
machined with sub-mlcron precision in
order to allow astronomical obsma-
tions of the highest quality.
The Consortium partners are: Ansaldo
Cornpanenti (of the IRI Finrneccanica
Group, leader of the Consottlum and
active In the field of energy generation
components, located in Genova), ElE
(European Industrial Engineering, in the
field of engineering design, in Mestre)
and SOIMI (Societa lmpianti Industriali,
member of the Asea-Brown Boveri
(ABB) Group, an integrated multi-ser-
vice organization spgcldizsd In con-
struction and maintenance of industrial
plants, in Milan).
The contract was signed by Messrs.
F m c c i o Bressani (Director General of
Ansaldo Componenti), Gianpietro Mar-
elliod (Member of the Board of EIE) and
Lulgi Qiuffrida (Managing Directar of
SOtMI) on behalf of the Consortium, and
by Professor Harry van der Laan, Direc-
tor General of ESO.
It includes the design, manufacture, Figure 1: The REOSC bullding at the new site in hint-Pierre du M y . In the f m ~ m n $
d the
pre-erection and thorough testing in 10-rn mtrance door, in the background the tower for the i n t ~ o m e t r yt&s. (Architect:
Europe of the four VLT unit telescope AITEC, Construction m p a n y : IPAC).

engineering work Including buildings,
roads, site development and energy
systems, the main dements of intwbr-
ometry (a.g. auxiliary telescopes and
delay lines).By the end of 1992, 80 per
cent of the VLT capital budget is ex-
pected to be committed.

MILEMANS, Irma (NU, Rpgramme
RUPPI,Qiorgio (0, Wtware System
FREUDLING, Wolfram p),Fellow
STEFL, Stanislav (CS), P,ssociate
mu, Nenghang(RC), Assodate

MATHYS, GauEier (B), m a t e
STORM, &per (OQ,Fellow
VAN WINCKEL, Hans (B),Student

BAUER, Harry (D), Uectroniml Engineer
BECKER, Joaehim ID),VLTProikt
Figure 2: Definition of let-w slructwa components and subsystems, Manager/ Head, VLT DiviJon

The Paranal Observatory Becomes Reality


In the middle of September the first Drilling rigs, bulldozers and front load- The excavation material will almost all
VLT contractor to execute work on the ers moved to the mountain top and be used to make an artificial platform to
Paranal site, Interbeton from the Nether- started to make a first ptatfom, of a size the east side of the telescope area on
lands, started to move its earth-moving big enough to turn the trucks, to be used which the last part of the access road
equipment and basecamp to the site. for the transport of excavation material. wit1 be constructed.
Interbeton, contracted for the levelling The levelling work, consisting of re- This platform needs to be rather large
and landscaping of the mountain top, moving approximately 250000 m3 from since the road requires a 12-rn clear-
had prior to beginning the actual earth- the mountain top to create a 20000 m2 ance width in order to allow the trans-
moving work, to reestablish new topo- flat area on which the telescopes, the port of large telescope parts and the
graphical references, The only topo- optical laboratories and the Interferome- main mirrors.
graphical reference in the Paranal area ter tracks will be located, had really As from the moment the Contractor
is namely on the peak of the mountain begun. moved to the site, also ESO staff be-
and would disappear with the start of The first drillings led to the first earth longing to the VLT Division's Staff and
ths levelling work, removal by exp!osives and on Sep- Building Group installed themselves on
While the survey work was going on, tember 23 the silence of the Paranal the site in order to ensure permanent
the base camp was finished and the area was broken, which initiatedthe VLT supervision of the levelling work. In par-
contractor's staff moved into their tem- construction activity which will last till ticular the compacting of the road plat-
porary homes. the end of the century. form requires intensive follow-up and
Figure 3: DuiIIing rig in -
, preparing the next w t h rem~val. rmtadal W n g .
Qure 4: ~cmation

compaction density tests are owltinu- work of the road leading to tfw Paranal the installatfon of the construction base
ously made to verify that the specifid area In view of improving the mad, camp which pmvldes offices, dor-
loading capacity of the road, needed for which is of paramount importance for mitories and living quarters in which
the heavy transports, is obtained. both the construetlon and future opera- they will work and live for a number of
h ESO staff furthermore initiated tion of the VlT ObsenratW, years, until the new Observatory Build-
sub-mil investigations at the location of Last but not least,the ESO staff was ings, under design with COW1 Consult in
the telescopes and started with survey involved in designing, contracting and In Denmark, are available.

A Report on the Second ESO Conference on High Resolution

Imaging by Interferometry

Over 200 scientists and engineem length compensation. Sixty of these USA, the USSR, and of come many
participated in the October 15 to 18, contributions were given orally, the rest European countries.
1991 ESO Conference on "High Resolu- by means of poster presentations. To
tion Imaging by Interferometry", a con- keep the size of the conference within
reasonable limits and to avoid parallel
ference devoted to g r o u n d - b d opti-
cal intwferometrjc imaging In as- sessions, the scope of the meeting ex- As was the case in the first confer-
tronomy. This was the second confer- cluded related topics like astrometry by ence, R was preceded by a day d tuto-
ence on this topic, the first one having interferometric means and contributd rials intended for newcomers to the
been held also in Garching in March papers on astronomical adaptive optics. field. It is becoming very clear, however,
1988. In addition to four Introductory The Wer topic wlll be a major topic at that these tutorials have a much broader
and review talks, the conference in- the Aprl t I 992 €SO meeting in Garching functlon. They are aIso attended by
cluded 150 conttibutlons on single- and on "Progress In Telescope and In- "oldtimers" (old in this field means more
multiple-aperture interfmmetric imag- strumentation Techniques". Attendees than half a dozen years!), including a
ing and three working sessions on included parblcipants from Australla, Nobel Laureate, who wanted to catch
adaptive optics, detectors and path- Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the up on recent developments in the more
We here summarlre the parts of the
conference on speckle imaging, masked
aperture imaging and multi-aperture im-
aging. The outline of the conference is
M n g followed. Using a number of real-
time experiments in his magnificent
opening lecture, Prof. W. Martiensen of
the University of FrankfurVMain demon-
strated the dual nature of light, waves
and particles. It was a fascinating ex-
perience, even to the conference parti-
dipants most of whom are experts in this
field but who, llke us; forget about the
beauty of light In their quest to manlpu-
late it.

Speckte Interferometry:
Flgurs 1: i r n v or the objmt R I M b the Masellank Clouds obtained with tbe Hobble Space
Telssoqpe MR,after image r e s t w e t h ) and by means of -Ie intertwometry with the La NBarine
Silla 2.2-rn tel- (right). (Courtesy G. Weigelt et al.) In contrast to previous conferences
and workshops on speckle interferome-
try, there was relatively little discussion
relaxed atmosphere associated with the obtained on relatively faint, complex ob- of the many different techniques avall-
tutorials and precedingthe main confer- jects. Recently full aperture, speckle in- able for the analysis of speckle obsenra-
once. Over two thirds of the conference terferometry with single telescopes has tions. In the past a wide variety of al-
patticipantsattended the tutorials which been complemented with single-tele gorithms was always discussed and
were given by Fmnpis Rcddler on Op- scope Interferometry using masks on compared. The present discussions and
tics of the Atmosphere, Gerd Weigelt on the telescope aperture. Several results results focussed, however, mostly on'
Speckle Interferometry, John Davis on of the masked aperture observations blspectrum analysis (or their analogues:
tong Baseline Optical Interferometry, were presented at the conference. speckle masking and Mple m l a t i o n )
and by one of us (FM) on Adaptive Op- In terms of the development of imag- for the analysis of speckle images, with
tics. ing algorithms the latter provides an im- a somewhat lesser attention given to the
portant step towards multi-aperture in- Knox &Thompson algorithms. The latter
terfemrnetric imaging in which the sub- requires fewer numerical resources for
The Conference Itself apertures of the single telescope are data analysis, otherwise the blspectrum
Four full days were devoted to discus- replaced by an array of telescopes. In technique appears to be preferred.
sions on the rapid progress in the tech- the resulting interference signal at the Judging from the presentation of many
n i q u of
~ astronomical imaging by inter- combined focus the ampludes and clo- astronomical resub one has to con-
ferometric means and in the presents- sure phases are measured as is done in clude that this type of observation is
tion of recent astronomical results. the single masked aperture experiments reaching a state of substantial maturity.
Broadly, the teohnlquea and their results and also in radio astronomy o b m a - Also the excellent agreement between
can be dlvided by single-aperture imag- tions. The algorithms for making images the images of R136 obtained with the La
ing and multi-aperture imaging. Single are virtually the same for all three types Silla 2.2-m telescope with those ob-
telescope intwferometric imaging of observations. The trick in multi-aper- tained with the HubbleSpace Telescope
started In 1959 with Antoine Labeyrie's ture interferometry is the combinationof (Fig, 1) provides convincing evidence
pioneering work in speckle interferome- the radiation in such a way as to obtain that speckle lmaglng has come of age.
try. Since then these techniques have the highest possible sensitivity by mdn- At the conference results were pre-
come a long way, reaching the stage tainhg the interferencesignal, w fringe, sented of other objects, including ob-
where diffraction-limited imaging can be contrast. sewations of such diverse objects as

Figure 2: Images of the variations d the red supergiant a ORI taken with the 4-m Herschel relescope at three epochs using aperture masking.
The width of the Airy disk far this tekmpe is about 30 rnilli-mm resuIting in mly 3 b 4 pixels In this 5U miIlikam8c star. (Courtesy Baldwin el
a vldble speckle camera (see also %p-
fsmber 1991, The Messenger)I Both oi
these camem will make use of the
unique high imaging qualities of the VLT
telescopes. In thelr performance m y
will be aided by the VLT adaptive optics
which can be viewed as a way of im-
proving the astronomical seeing hence
enhancing the sensitlvh and limiting
magnitude of the cameras.
In contributions by Roddier and one
of us (JMB) the point-spread functlon of
so-calted partid a&ptlve optics was
discussed. The VLT adaptive optics will
be design6d to work fully at 2 pm under
median -ng mnditioas. At shorter
wavelengths it wHI wwk partidly. It Is
bmming vary clear through numerid
madelling that in such a partially func-
tioning adaptive optics system the
point-spread function conslsts of a
spike with the chamcterlstics of an Airy
disk supwposed on a broad halo with
the width approximating the seeing
disk. The shape of this function Is not
unlike that of the aberratgd Hobble
Space Telescope. The fraction of the
total energy h the spike characterizes
the point-spread function wdl. It
amwnts to 10% M more at visible
wavelengths depending on the seeing.
Because of the narrowness of the splke
p.0125 a m e c at 500 nm) and the rela-
tively large width of the halo (0.5 arcsec)
the relative centmi intensity of the spike
is large. Rocidler therefore suggested
that long-exposure Images may be usecl
to good advantage over speckle images
to give n h r IimIted semitlvity than
I speckle cameras, of course after Imag~
0 50 loom restorationfor the background halo (61 la
Figure 3: Layout of the VLT Intwfemmek h g e divlr clrclm Indicate the loeiltiana the 8-13 Hubbte)m The VLT v'sib'e Spekle Cam-
~ c o p s sSmaII
. dark ~ I Eam theS
I~ locations of the staths kthe 180-mdiameter M I e era pmmly be dalgnd to
auxMiary telasebpes. The large mhngle Is the Iocetbn of the tnMemmetrie tunnel. A mailed acc~mrnodateh i s p d ~ adwtive d op
dmcn'ptim of the VLTl laywt will appeev in a fuhKe &sub of the Messenger. ticq l ~ n g - ~ p wimaging
~ r ~ l mode.

Eta Carlnae. the Seyfert galaxy NGC

1068, the Galactic Centre (see Sep-
tember 1991 issue of the Messenger)
and the Sun.

Impact on the
VLT InstrumentationProgramme
With the 8- to 10-117 diameter tele-
scopes corning on the scene, the tech-
nique of speckle interferome@ will re-
sutt in images with a linear resolution 4
times larger than shown in Figure 1 (or
16 times the number of pixels per reso-
lution element).The VLT instrumentation
programme includes two instruments
for diactian-limited imaging with the
individual VLT telescopes: a near-in-
frared camera for the 1 to 5 pm region to
be built by a consortium headed by the Figure 4: Artist's view of the planned Keck Intedemmefric Amy consisting of two la-m
Max-Ptanck-lnstitut fiir Astronomb and telescopes and 4 movable 15U-cm tel~scupes.(Courtesy R Mdnel et 61.1
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Aperture Masking: fact that the construction of optical in- tlonat properties is well within the state
a Step Towards Multi-Aperture tarferorneters and delay lines with the ofthe art.
Interferometry requird opto-mechanical and opera- In addition to the operational inter-
Many large-aperture telescopes (e.g.
Hale telescope, Herschel telescope and
Anglo-Australian telescope) are now be-
ing successfully used for high angular
resolution lmaglng using aperture
masks to mimic multl-aperture interfer-
ometry. Figure 2 shows a fine result of
these experiments far the variable red
supergiant star Betelgeuse.
These experimental observations are
of great importance not only because of
their astrophysical impact but also as a
precursor to the imaging with multiple
aperture interferometem. By using aper-
ture masking the valldity of imaging al-
gorithms can be evaluated under realis-
tic observing conditions, including vari-
ous levels of photon noise.

Multi-Aperture Interferometry
A great deal of time was devoted to
discussing the progress In multi-aper-
ture Interferometry. In contrast to speck-
le interferometry this is a field which Is -
exphncing apid advances in the de- nwre 6: mistb view ol/lnto/nem r i e b propos~~ for a brier 4p~calvery age m y ,
wlopment Of techniques foreground me d t h 27 teleswpes on its fransporter. To the right In the background the
but with the ability to do full two-dimen- hm--bining swtion. (mufimy A, ~ ~ b ~ ~ j ~
sional imaging still to be realized. Inter-
ferometeiinixistence are now used to
do astrome@(not the topic of the Table 1: Optical lfiterfemmetm now In Operation
conference) and to determine a limited
number of parameters on stellar objects Locatton Maximum Number of Telescope
like diameters and binary orbits and BaseUne Telescopesn Aperture
separation. Table 1 lists the interfemme ----
ters presently routinely in operation. CERGPJ12T 140 m 2 26 cm
The last two Interferometers in CERWGITT 70 m 2 150 cm
CERMoirdwe 15 m 2 lOOcm
Table 1 (SUSl and COAST) have only MMT 5m 8 I80 cm
recently come into operation and first Mt. WllsonlMark III 32 m 3 5 m
results were reported at the conference. Mt. WllsonllSl 13 m 2 165 cm
What is especially impressive in these NarrabrVSUSl B40m 2 14 cm
new InterferometersIs that "first fringesm Cambridge UK/COAST 100m 2 40 crn
are obtained soon after the installation
of h e interferometer testifying to the
' Number of tdmcopes In we at tMs time. Mben rrwre telescopesam p h u d .
Most of these arrays are Intended to
produce imagw in ways similar to the
way this is done in radio Interferometers
using image synthesis techniques rely-
ing on tracking the object while It moves
across the sky,thus causing the genera-
tion of a number of tracks in the (up)
Fourier transform plane. The relatively
large sizes of some of the telescopee
involved causes these tracks to be rela-
tively 'YaV and to give a good (u,v) plane
filling nearthe low frequency origin. The
latter is very impoftant in giving high
quality Images (seeFlg. 5).
At a minimum one night is needed to
generate an image as shown in Figure 5.
Often more than one night might be
naeded If a good signal-to-noise ratio is
required. An lmpwtant advantage of the
VLT Paranal site b the large periods of
clear skies alIowing unintenupted (u,v)
plane track. Time synthesis techniques
Figure 7: IJbrneters of stars twrrndkd to the same magnAud8 as a fumtim of @fRl &P are, however, obviously inadequate for
observed wHh fhe Mark 111 int-ter, (Courtesy R Ouimbach et a/.) obsewatlons of full images of objects
which change on a rapid time scale (less
than one day). For that type of interfero-
metric imaging 'snapshots" are desired
p Pegasi which can only be obtained by arrays of
many telescopes or by the capability to
~1.0 rapidly reconfigure an array with fewer
telescopes. Antoine Labeyrie described
his plans to construct such an Optical
V e y lage Array, or OVIA, co*iniw
27, or perhaps even 130, telescopes on
Earth and eventually on the Moon. Fig-
ure 6 shows an artist's view of the lunar
version of OVLA. A price to pay for m a -
ing snapshot images by the sirnuha-
neous use of so many telescopes at
once, over an array of a few telescopes,
is the loss in signal-to-noise. This results
from the need to mix in optical interfer-
+ 754 nm (cont.) 16.1 mas ometry all radlatton directly, so that th.e
0 712 nm (TiO) 17.6 mas signal for each two-telescope baseline
contains the photon noise of the light
collected by all telescopes. This Is a
major difference between optical and
radio intMerometers where such a lass
does not m u r .
Projected Baseline [a rcsee-' ]

Some Regutts of MUM-Aperture
figure 8: The Mnge vl8ibUlify # a funchn of i n t e r f m t e r basdine for two Interferometry
centred m p e c w y on a 7 70moIecuIar band and the &y cunthruum far the giant star
B PEG. me Wved dkrnefwlsof r e ~ 0.01 m76 and 0.0161 a r m have an of* As already mentioned, full imaging
O.OMH a m m so that the dmfences are real, The d i m are an important diagmfie for with multi-aperture arrays has not been
the extended ahasphere. (Coumy A Quirrenbachet at.) achieved yet. The results of aperture
masking expMments (see Fig. 2) gives
confidence that the imaging a m p now
being Implemented will result In as-
tronomical Images within the not too
ferometers listed In Table 1, a number of Obsarvatory (USSR), and the IRMA dlstant future. Impmsive results were,
interferometers are in the constructi~n array by the Univmity of Wyoming. In however, presented at the conference
and planning phase. The former include the planning phase are the Optical Very on the orbii of spectroscopic bharies
the Big Optical A m y (BOA) by the US Large A m y {OVLA)by Antohe Labeyrie, and on stellar diameters, Including
Naval Research Laboratory, the US the Kmk Interferometric Array (KIA) asymmgtrbs In the shape of stars like
Naval Observatory Astromdric Inter- shown in Figured, the CHARA inter- Mira. As an example we show in Fig-
ferometer, the ESO VLT Interferometer ferometer of Georgia State University, ures 7 and 8 some of the diameter ob-
(see Fig. 31, the IOTA array by the Center and extensions of some of the arrays servations made with the Mt. Wilson
for Astrophysics, an array at the Khazan tlsted in Tabte 1. Mark Ill lrttaferorneter.
Major Uncertaintiesabout the
Atmospheric Wavefront Structure
A position as Sclentlst (Data Archlvlst) wlll shortly be avalhble In the Science Archlve
The spatial frequency distribution of Software Group ofthe Space Telescope European Cmrdlnatlng Faclllty (ST-ECfl at the
the wavefront distortions introduced by ESO Headquarters In Garchlng mar Munich, Germany, for a Sclsntist WIUIa unlverslty
the earth atmosphere is of great impor- degree in astronomy, physics, or rdeted field,
tance for the behaviour of interferome-
ters and for the wavelength dependence huimrnenW
of the seeing disk size, Frequently it is - $evefa!years of mearch experlenee, Includingpublicatbns In lnternatlonalrefereed
assumed to correspond to a Kot- journals. The rmewch should be based on data obtalned with state-of-the-art
mogoroff distribution whlch resub in Inatrumerttatlon, preferably also with spaoe-based telescopes.
the RMS wavefront differences to grow
- strong computer sclmence background, acquired either through formal education Or
through participation In major computer system develoment work.
as the baseline to the power 5/6. Seri-
ous concerns were expressed at the
- famllhrity wfth the principlesof computer system management, networking and data
base management.
conference about the validity of the Kol- - experience w h UNUC and C; knowledge of VMS and Fortran an advantage.
mogwoff distribution. Obsewations with - a high d m of familiarity with the principles of softwaredevelopment rrsethdology,
the two Mt. Wilson interferometers software system design and modern storage devices.
(Mark Ill and the ISt, see Table I)give - exceltern English language communication skills.
very different results. Whereas the Mark Mnnment:
Ill interferometer indeed gives results
The ST-ECF operates tha European Sclence Data Archive for the Hubble Space
consistent with a Kolmogoroff distribu- Telescope, whlch archhe has b w n developed In eollabwatlon with the Space Tele
tion, the IS1 researchers find the expo- soope Sclenca Indtute. It Is alao used by ESO to store data obtalned at the telescopes
nent to decrease from = 5/6 to = In for on La SHla. The Archlve uses magnetic tape end optical disk storage, operated through
good seeing mnditlons. This Is a vety a dedicated m s o r and data base hardware, The system is networked to the €SO
hrge difference which will have a major computing faclllty and can also be am&s& through wide-area networks.
influenoe on the predicted performance The task ol the Scientist (DataArchivist) Is the continued maintenance and the further
of interferometers and large telescopes. development and upgrading of the systm. He Is expected to develop cost-effective
technical solutions, to negotiate WW and S N acqulsktons, and to supervise staff and
subcontmctors. Iwues of Importam are: system and data compatlbllity wlth the
Future Meetings STScl, system reliability and security, flexlbllity ta incorporate user mquirements.
This pmitlon will beawarded Inkidly for a p ew of 3 yews, renewableto a maxlrnurn
€SO plans to hold its next rneetlng in of 6 years (Auxlllary contract).
this conference series (High Resolution Application forms can be obtained from [Indhtlng the reLno.):
Imaging by Interferometry HI) in the European Southern Observatory
spring of 1994. The topic of adaptive Personnel Admlnlstratlon and General Services
optics, of major Interest for interferome- Karl-Schwamchlld-Str.2
try, will be dealt with extensively in the 8046 Garehlng near Munich, Germany.
April 27-30, 1992 ESO conference on
'Progress in Telescope and Instrumen-
tation Techniques". From January No, 158 in Sydney, Australia, on "Very focus on interferometric imaging at both
11-15, 1993 the IAU Symposium High Angular Resolution Imaging" will opttcal and radio wavelengths.


Optical Identification of Celestial High Energy Sources
G.F. BIGNAMI, P.A. CARAVEO and S.MEREGHKVI, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica del CNR,
Milano, liaiy
J. PAUL, B. CORDIER and A. GOLDWURM, Service d 'Astrophysique,Centre d 'Etudes de
Saciay, France
P. MANDROU, J.P. ROQUES and G.VEDRENNE, Centre dlEfudeSpatiale des Rayonnernents,
Toulouse, France

The problem of the optical identifica- X-rays and y rays the problem Is compli- ly positioned high-energy source, one
tion of high energy (X-andy-ray) sources ~atedby the swrce locatfon accuracy, tries to exploit the soff X-ray domain to
is a dassic of modern astronomy. It is limited by the physics of the detection zero on the possible optical counter-
only through the optlcal studies that one interaction. In particular, the focussing parts. Broadly, this has been the
can gain complete understanding of ob- of photons is only possible if their stmtegy adopted in our Key Programme
jects, galllactlc and extragalactic dike, wavelength is comparable to the sur- "Optical fallow up identification of hard
which emit a lot of their energy, through face roughness of the reflecting sudace, X-ray/soft Tray murces discovered by
thermal and non thermal processes, in and this happens, in practice, only up to the SlGMA telescope' (see alsa Blgnami
photons 1000 or one million times more a few keV. et al., 1990). About two thirds of it have
energetic than the optical ones. For hard This is why, in the presence of a poor- already been carried wt, and the first
been the target of several SIGMA obser-
SIGMA+ROSAT+ Optical vations which revealed its highly vari-
able nature both In flux and spectral
shape. In particular the presence on Oc-
tober 13, 1990 (Paul d at., 1991,
Bouchet st al., 1991) of a significant
bump In the 300-600 keV reglon,


Figure I : strategy of our ~ e Prcgmmme.

makes 1E 1740.7-2942 a very plausible
candidate for the explanation of (at least
part of) the variable 9%- annihilation
Ilne measured, over more than a decade
now, from the galactic centre region.
Deep images of the region of I f
1740.7-2942 have been obtained in dif-
ferent filters, addlng slightly offset point-
ing~.To position the X-ray source in our
Images we needed stars fainter than the
Wsults can be briefly outtined in what several candidates are p m t down to mes contained in the GSC distributed
follows. a limiting magnitude of -21. The corm on CDROM, so that we had to use the
During two observing runs in January sponding R and z exposures did not original digitkd GSC data, which were
and May 1991, we used EMMt at the reveat any candidate with peculiar col- kindly communicated to us by 0.
ESO) N I T tetescopeto perform imaging ours. Given the low galactb lathdo of Golombek. In Figure 3 the error circle
and spectroscopy in our candidate this field. absorption is a very critical has been superimposed to the 1 14-
fields, selected following the strategy parameter, so that the next step would minute image whlch appears to be
outlined In our original proposal. As be obviously to obtain near IR images of about 3 magnitudes fainter than the
mentioned, the idea is to bridge the gap this enor box. SERC Iplate presented by Skinner et al.,
between the SIGMA hard X-ray energy During the May observing run, partial- 1991. In fact, stars 1 to 7 are seen here
0 range and the optical domain,
( ~ 4 keV) ly hampered by clouds and rain, we for the first tima and their 1 magnitudes
taking advantage, when feasible, of the concentrated on 1E 1740.7-2942, a range from about 19 to 21-4.
location accuracy achievable from the soft y-ray source 50' from the galatlc More objects are vislble In ttte 30 rn z
ROSAT soft X-ray "all sky survey". As centre tine of sight. This source, already filter image shown in Figure 4. The very
sketched in Figure I , this is hased on an known to be the only high-energy faint ones are better visible in the con-
ad hoc agreement between the propos- source h the galactic centre region, has tour plot in Figure 5, where a marginally
ing team and the Max-Planck-lnstitut far
Extraterrestrischs Physik. This method
was successfutly applied for the first
time to the newly discovered G N A T
source called GRS 1758-258, seen by
both the French SIGMA and Soviet
ART-P instruments (Sunyaev et d.,
I- -
GRS 1758-258 lies only 40' from the
bright soft X-ray source GX 5-1 to
which prevkudy, for lack of resolving
power, the hard radiation was errone-
ously attributed. Thus, the discovery of
this new source is In itself a remarkable
achievement of the W e d mask tech-
nique, used extensively for the first tlme
by the SIGMA and ART-P instruments.
The position of the source, measured
with -I' accuracy by the ART-P tete-
scope, has been dramatically improved
thanks to the use of the ROSAT survey
data In fact, using the welt-known posC
tion 01 GX 5-1 as a reference, it has
b m possible to locate GRS1758-258
within a 10" radius (90 % corrfidence)
error box. Images were obtained with
the EMMl red arm using R,I and z filtars
on May 10, 1991 with the Ford Aero-
space 2048 CCD, providing a pixel size
of 0.35". The Guide Star Catalog of the
HST was used to perform the astrornet-
ry of the field in order to compute the
source position and superimpose the
ROSAT error box. The outcome is
shown in Flgure 2 for a 1-m exposure in Fiwn2: I-bend Image of the sky region mtainlng GRS 1758-258. The enw baK radius is 70
the I filter. The field is very crowded and mmc. NNorffr is to the top and East to the let?.

molecular clouds in the centre of our
galaxy, so thaf the search for a more
standard counterpart should certainly
not be abandoned.
Further W ~ l e d Investigationsof SIG-
MA souroes must still await, at this time,
accurate soft X-ray positioning to come
mostly from the ROSAT mission. How-
ever, the case of Nova Muscae gives
another example of an interesting corre-
lation between y-ray astronomy from
Sigma data and ground-based ESO ob-
servations, as pubtished by Della Valb
et at., 1991.
In the spirit of our Key Programme we
have also d e d towards the under-
standing, through the Investigation of
optical counterparts, of a n u m h of pe-
culiar, unidentified, presumably galactic
X-ray sources. This has included,
among others,recently discwered GIN-
GA-ROSAT translents, and a number of
other serendipitous mOSAT and Bn-
stein sources. Of particular interest is
the of 1E 120723-M08.8, OM of
the very few remaining Einstein HRI
s o w w with no firm optical counterpart.
The source is at medium galactlc
latitude, in a non m d e d hkl, and
e s ~ ~interesting
l y because it is lo-
cated near the aeometric centre of the


Figure3:I-band of sky* cw)rahk@1E 1740.7-2W2. 7be emxbox radus is 12

SNR PKS 1255-82. Previous efforts
rvcsec. fJorthistoihe~andEBsttotheM. (Malsui et 9881had an,y yielded a
17-magnitude field G dwaff inside the

detected source appears w the weak

point-llke VLA radio source recently dls-
owered by Prince and Skinner (1991)
and proposed as the counterpart of
1El 740.7-2942. fhe relatlve positions
of our new t-object and of the 0.6 mJy
V I A source are such that an association
between the two cannot be excluded.
Of course, chance coincidence with a
field source, b t h gdactic and ex-
tragalactic, Is stlll potaible.
More details on the optiml inves-
tigattons of GRS 1758-258 and
1El740.7-2942 can be found in Mere-
g W el al. (l991).
Recently, two papers (Bally and Le-
venthal, 1991; M i d et al., 1991) have
appeared, suggesting in parallel a mod-
el for 1E1740.7-2442 based on a col-
lapsed object embedded In a thick
mdewlar cloud in the central region of
the galaxy. The Idea is cerlainty tenable
and also important because, if mm
firmed, It wwld point to the first exam-
ple of a new class of galactic high
energy sources. Here again better
ground-based observations including 1R
and radio millimetdc could be crucial fw '
an understanding if not of the object

itself, pdxtbly invisible, at teast of its
immediate surroundings. However, the
C ~ coincidence
I ~ of such ~cenatiois
r a t k high, owing to the high density of ngure 4: Image of the region of IE 1740.7-29r12 in the r W.
Image: gc2QmZ 5" HRI m r box, unlikely to be rapon-
I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 1 sible for the X-ray emWi. Our ffmr
image with the NIT equipped with
EFOSC2 in a night of gmd-to-moderate
seeing (0.9")showed the presence of a
19-magnitude object 1.a" from the field
star, and thus so far unseen. Thig is
shown in Figure 6. The newly dlscw-
wed object is very likely to be the X - y
source counterpart, although the pre-
liminary spectrum taken at the KIT,
showing no obvious signature, d m not
allow its irnrnedhte identiincation. The
nature of this object cwld &Ill range
from a neutron star, possibly asscciated
with the SNR, to a field BL Lac.
In conclusion, we would feel particu-
larly happy if our Key Programme, be-
yond its q u a n t i i v e muRs, had
achieved its purpose of rendering the
community aware of the importance of
multiwavebnW astronomy - from
ground as well as from spa& -for tack-
Ihg the new objectsdiscovered by high-
energy astronomy.

Wiy,J., m t h a l M., WQI, Nat 363,234.
Bignami G.,Caraveo P A , M m g t W i S. et
al., 1 M , The -r00,16.
Rgure 5: Contour plot d the image shown hr -re 4. The cross indicates the p & w d the
d o sowce (a* 17 h 40 rn 4.299 s,d -W 43'25" (1aO)). Brxlcht L et al. 1991, Ap.3 (Letters). in
[)ella Vale M,, Jarvis BJ., West R.M., 1991,
Aswon. Ashphys 247. L3h
Maw1Y.. Long K.S,,Tuahy, I.R., 1988,&J.
Mewhetti S., Caram P., Blgnami G.F.,and
Bell0111T., 1991, subrnbted to Asm.Ae
Mirabel I.F., Mortis M.,Wlnk J. et d., 1991,
Astron. -, In press.
Paul J., a aL, 1991, In Gamma-Ray Une
a: Durouchoux Ph., ?rant-
N. ( h w York: IAP), 17.
PrimT., Skinner G.K, 1091, IAU Circ. 5252.
Skinner Q.K,et al., 1991, A s m . Amophys..,
In press.
Sunyaev R., et al., 1991, Asm. Astwhys.
247, L29.

EMMI, Explorer of the

Southern Sky
A new ESO video film has just become
available, which desctibes the ESO mul-
tirnode Instrument, known as EMMl and now
mounted at one of the N l T Nasmyth foci. The
video explains in some M Ithe function of

thls instrument and how It was built. There
are also some examples of h a astronomical
observations which have been made wlth
It can be obtained from the ESO Infoma-
tim Service (address on last page). The cost
Is DM70.-. Premvment is reauired to
ngure 6: ~ E F O S vCimage
~ of I E I Z O ~ ~ - 5 2 0 9me
. 8 .tie10~istar (W=17.34)and the new account NO. 2102002. Cornmerzb;ink Miin-
candidate (m-19.04)are 1.8 amec apart, North is to the top and East to the left. chen, B E 70040041.
Trouble in the Magellanic Clouds!
First Results from the Key Programme on Coordinated Investigations of Selected Regions
in the Magellanic Clouds
K. S. DE BOER, Stemwade der Universitat Bonn, Germany
F. SPITE, P. FRANqOlS, R. CAYREL, M. SPITE, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France
B. BASCHEK, J. K~PPEN,lnstitut fur TheoretischeAstrophysik, Heidelberg, Germany
8.WOLF, 0.STAHL, A. JOTNER, Landesstemwarte, Heidelberg, Germany
Sternwarte der Universitat Bonn, Germany
J. KOORNNEEF, Space Telescope Science Institute, on assignment from ESA
F. P. ISMEL, Sterrewacht Leiden, Netherlands
P. MOM RO, S. MONAl, G. VLADILO, Osservatorio As tronomico, Trieste, Italy
S. D'ODORICO, R. LEISY, European Southern Observatory
M. DENNEFELD,R FERLfl, A. VIDAL-MADJAR, lnstitut d 'Asfrophysique,Paris, France
G.STASINSKA, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France
J, LEQUEUX, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France

Does star formation proceed in an $&la); (2) CCD photometry in small fields field is almost devoid ofthese. Observa-
orderly way7 How homogeneous are the within the regions (Bonn); (3) 1RAC pho- tions of the cluster area have been per-
Magellanlc Cbuds in their metal con- tometty of the same (Baltimore, Leiden); formed with EFOSCl in the slitless
tent? Is the motion of the gas complex- (4) stellar spectroscopy for the study of made using a grim and an Ha+[NIq
es welt behaved? element abundance$ In the hot stars Interference filter. Thanks to special
In the course of the Key Programme (Heldelberg)and cool stars (Meudon) of software routines (Muratorlo and
we s M 8 d to doubt that our companion field and clusters; (5)the Investigatlm of Aszopardi, 1990) this survey resutted in
galaxies show systematic bhaviour. Af- the interstellar absorption lines (Trieste, the Identificationof a b u t twice as many
ter two fairly aucce#ful observationat Paris); (6) the study of the spectra of new Ha ernlssion-line objects as in the
seasons with (except for the sliiless emission nebulae (Paris). All these p m Curtis-Schmidt telescope spwtm-
spectmmpy and #e photometry) good jects are carried out in coordination and ooplc sunrey of tlte same field. This led
observing condions, conflicting evl- it Is this aspect which promises (and to estimate the total number of Hcc mis-
dence on some of the fundamental starts to show) new scientific results. siondine objects in the SMC to about
questions has been obtain& During our first observing runs we 40,000 (Meyssonnier and kopardl,
Our Key Programme was among the concntmted on two of the regions with 1991). In particular, about slxty Ha
fimto be accepted and has as speciali- the young clusters NGC 3W and MGC emission-line stars have been dismv-
t y those two southern-sky gataxim 1818. But also in Region E In the upper ered in the cluster NGC 330 (Fig. 2),
which unfortunately can be observed edge of supershell LMC 4, in which one while only 10 were known to Feast
under good conditions only in the south- finds an old cluster and young stars, as (1972). With the normal BVR CCD 6
em summer. This means that Uw obser- well as in the supernova fleld observa- servatlons, also an Ha wide filter was
vational progress is slower than in pro- tions were carried out. In dl cases med for a few exposures. lncludlngalso
grammes af survey nature. In addition, puzzling effects have been found. A w- Wmgren photometry, Grebe1 d a
although our Key Programme does re- v b w of earlier work and of new results veloped in her Diplomathesis an elegant
quire a fairly large amount of telescope also from our Key Programme may be method to isolate the Be stars In the
tlme, it consists of small subpro- found in the conference praceedings sample. Her Identifications could b
grammes, each of which takes a edited by de Boer, Spite and Stasin& confirmed completely with the EFOSC
number of nights equal to that of any (1989) and by Haynes and Mllne (1991) data From the final account of that work
reguhr ESO prop&. In short, espe- respectively. (Gmbdst at., 1991) we show the colour-
cially the coordination aspect is impor- colour plot (Fig. 3), demonstrating an
tant, both time-wise and with respect to exceptionat high Be star fraction in that
the objects (Regions) where the re- SMC cluster.
search Is carried ad. The regions had Reglon A in the SMC contains the MetallIcity problems with NGC 330
been selected on scientific grounds (see young cluster NGC 330 which stands emerged in a combination of studies.
de Boer et al., 1989); here we show out from the field. Its age derived from Spite, Richtkr and Spite (1991) and Bar-
pictures of the MageHanic Clouds with our CCD photometry Isof approximately buy et al. (1991) confirmed results of
the Regions marked (Fig. 1). 10 M y . The surrounding fietd popula- work carried out before the Key Pro-
The subprojects we are working on tion (If homogeneous) has an age of at gramme, In showing that the metal con-
are the following: (1) spectroscopic sur- least a factor of 10 larger. The cluster tent of red supergiants In NGC 330 is
vey with EFOSC (Marseille, Paris, Upp- contains blue superglants, while the -1.0 to -1.1 dex. Very similar results
Figure 1 : h the SMC and the L MC a lot81of six regions have been defined where all studies of our Key Pf#gramme are concentrated. Region A:
NGC 330and field. poor in gas and dust: Region 3:N27 and crowded field. rich in gas and dust: Region C: NGC 7818 and field, poor in gas and
dust Region D: N 159 and field,rich in gas and dust; Region E: NGC 1978. ElGC 1948. and N49. some gas and dust; Region?I SN Ig87A and
field, gas and dust. (Picture with thanks to Reiner Donarski, ESO.)

have been obtained from one hot star in stars wrong or those of the HI1 regions, provided some input. But also the ex-
NGC 330 (see Reitemann et al., 1990. or perhaps both? Or is C still depleted in tinction may play a role. Recently,
Jcttner et al., 1991). For work on hot HII-region dust? The emission-line ob- BesseIl(1991) has critically analysed the
stars it was necessary to obtain also IUE ject sub-project (which was started late information available on the extinction
spectra to get reliable effective temper- in the Key Programme) should soon give toward the SMC. He found that E(8-V)
atures. For the field stars, earlier data by additional information. Type I planetary is rather of the order 0.1 than negligibly
Spite, Barbuy and Spite (1989) and by nebulae will be studied (C-N-Opro- small. In an effort to contribute to the
Russell and Bessell (1989) from Mt. cesses) and IUE data are being col- discussion with our Key Programme, the
Stromlo, indicated that the field has a lected. How does the C abundance strengths of the interstellar sodium tines
metal content of -0.6 to -0.7 dex. This affect the dust content and the molecule in the spectra obtained for our stars in
was confirmed in a related study, where formation in the Clouds? A related inter- and near NGC 330 were analysed. It is
Grebel and Richtler (1991) could show esting result is that europium (an r-pro- found by Molaro and collaborators that
from CCD Strijrngren photometry that cess element) is relatively enhanced in the foreground E(B-V), as derived from
the red giants and supergiants in NGC the stars of NGC 330 (Spite, Richtler the strengths of the Nal lines and the
330 have indeed a lower metallicity than and Spite, 1991). Does this indicate a correlation of N(Na1) with E(B-V),
those in the surrounding field, the differ- more primitive phase of chemical evotu- amounts to 0.08 to 0.1 mag. Even a
ence being of the order of 0.5 dex. In tion in the Clouds (Westerlund, 1990)? smalt contribution by the SMC gas
short, the cluster NGC 330 is younger The values for the extinction in the would bring the total E (B-V) near 0.1 1
than the surrounding field stars but with Clouds cause trouble too. For the study mag. This new result indicates that
a metallicity clearly below that of the of the abundance In the red supergiant some of the eaAer abundance studies
field. This means that the SMC must be stars it is of utmost importance to have a may have to be reworked!
chemically very inhomogeneous! A sirni- very accurate temperature determina- Region E in the LMC, in the NW
lar effect had been found spectroscopi- tion and here the photometry group has comer of the larger LMC-4 supershell,
cally in Region C in the LMC which
contains NGC 1818 (Richtler, Spite and
Spite, 1989; Reitermann et al., 1990). Table 1. Derived metal abundance6 relative to solar
Here the data could not yet be substan-
tiated through photometry. CIH O/H Fe/H Eu/ Fe
The abundance pattern of the ele-
ments in the Magellanic Clouds SMC Heglon A cluster - 0.9 - 1.1 -1.0 + 0.7
(Table 1) is in general not well under- field - 0.9 - 0.8 - 0.6
- + 0.4
stood. The large carbon deficiency
HI1 regions - 1.5 - 0.8
found in the SMC HI! regions (Dufour et LMC Region E cluster - - 0.5 - 0.9 + 0.6
al., 1982) is neither found in the stars of field - 0.5 .. - 0.3 -
NGC 330 (Barbuy et al., 1991) nor in H ll regions - 0.8 - 0.5 +

those of the surrounding field. The

HII-region data from Ouiour el al. (1982)
question thus is: are the analyses of the
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MGG 18% ktlMnLly ok@r4hm2 Gyr w a r ti* m a
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ticale tM ~ . ~ ~ n ~ e
far the classification of the stars as main
Wuence or evolved star as well as with
respect to the suitability for stellar and
interstellar spectrosmpy. In ihe spec-
troscopic survey data hitherto unknown
emission-line objects have been dimv-
Bred, objects to be further investigated
by the emission nebula project.
the stellar spectra give in many cases
Preliminary information on the interstel-
larabsorptionlines, although &en extra
observations are required because of
tha very high w l u t l o n needed. And, as
indicated before, the IS work helps to
determine the value of the extinction, an
essential parameter in the abundance
The very existenw of our Key Pro-
gramme has stimulated others to pool HI 21 ern X=0.6 Y-1.0
efforts and work on the same regionsas
defined by us.
The abundanm studies of hot and
cool stars have benefitted much from 50 100 150 200 250 300 350
the collaboration with M. Bessell from heliocentric velocity (km/rec)
Mt. Stmmlo. Not only are &serving pro-
grammes coordinated, but the fact that Figure 4: The intesstekr NEll spectnrm obtained at a resolutbn of IOO,OW In an expoam d
5400 set. with the 3.6-m shows ttm g m t dePaiI of the s t m m of the hfWsW& medium in
h e l l analysed thus far stars of spec- the LMCh Region F. Fwcomparlson theHl2l-cmptYle fmrnRohHsetal. (198.4)isshown to
tral type not addressed by us adds demmsh-ate thet (&isin a# lines of dght In Region g the 8trang HI 2f -cm emission 270 km s-'
weight to our mutual research. component Is essmtMly absent In -tion, Snce most of the materiel in this dlmtbn has a
RigM from the beginning, R was whx/fy near 300km s-l, the 270 km s'l gas must be appmahlng thh part of the M C f m
foreseen that our Key Programme would the mar r/ladilo ei a)., 1M1).
Intemct strongly with the ESO Key Pro-
gramme on SEST CO obenrations of
the Magellanic Clouds coordinated by
Lequewt and Israel. For Regions C, D,
Feast* W.W. 1972, M.N.RAS. la,$13.
and F the 12CO (1-0) observations are
complete and some exist for the 12CO Grehsl, E.K., Rlchtler, T. 1991, 7he
Visit to the ESO
(2-1)trandtion. R q b n B has been part-
ly covered and Region E Is bdng
IWemmgws4, p. 56.
Gmbel, E.K., Richtler, 7.1901, Astron. Astro-
planned. phys. in pms, ESO was pleased to receive high-
In New Zealand, W. Tobin started pa- Qmbel, E.K., Richtler, T., de Boer, K.S. 1991, level visitws from Gemany and Swltzer-
trolling some of our CCD fields in search A s m . Asliuphys. submitted. land at the Headquarters in Garchlng,
Hetynes, R., MHne, D,, Editwrr. 1991, IAU near Munich.
for variable stars. The Mt. John Universi- Symp 148, The #a@knic C W s , Kluwer.
ty Obsenratory (see Tobin, 1991) is Jllttner, A., Statil, O., Wolf, B., m e k , 5.
On October 31, 1991 Mlnisterialdiri-
farther to the south than any other easily 1991,inprep. . gent Dr. H. Strub and MinisterialratinDr.
accessible facility, lbelt with on aver- Mayssonnier, N., APapardl, M. 1991, IAU A. Hansen (€SO Council delegates)
age poorer weather conditions, but with Syrrtp "MCs", p. 196. spent a day with ESC) staff to Inform
Mer conditions for long-term monitor- M o b , P., Viadllo, G., O'Och~ca,S,, themselves about the latest develop-
ing programmes. nefetd, M., Ferlet, R., Vidal-Madjar, A. ments at ESO, in particular about the
Finally, In cooperation with our Key lH, MU Symp. 448, p. 434. VLT projed.
Programme, obsewing progmmmes are Muratorio, G.,-pard\, M, IQgO, P m . 2nd Presentations w e made by senior
being canied out with ROSAT on the E m - E C F Oata Analflls WoMhop, p. ESQ staff, and the guests from Bonn
MCs. In patticular the Regions in the 0. received detailed replies to thdr various
LMC will get goad coverage being so Russell, S.C., Bmsdl, M S . 1988,Ap.J.S.70, questions. At the end of the day Ors.
865, Hansen and Strub met with the Gerrrtan
near to the orbital pole of that satellite. Rekemmn, A, 3ascIwkt B., Stahl, Q., Wolf, staff members in the auditorium where a
B. lo90 Astron. Ashophys. a, 109.
Flohlfs, K., Krebehrnann,J., Slegmann, B.C., very useful exchange of views took
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1991, A s t m . As&uphys., in pr-. Astmphys. =,35. qnsul, Mr. R. Bloch, came to tho ESO
BesselI, M.S. 1991, Aston, Astrophya, 242, Spite, F,. Richtler, T., Spite, M. 1991, Astron. Headquarters to learn about ESO-Swiss
t17. m y s , wbm. interactions. They were very pleased to
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de Boer, K.S., Spite, F., Stasinsker, G., Vladtto, G., Molaro, P., Monal, S., D'Worieo,
ganlzation, and €SO was happy to learn
Edltors. 1889, Recent M o p m n t s in S*, Oennefeld, M., Fetlet, R., Vldal-Madjar, about the interest of the local Swiss
MagdIank C l o d Research, Obs. de Paris. A. mi,in prep. authorities In promoting goad political
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Unusual Solar Halos Over La Silla
D. HUTSEMEKERS, Institut d 'Astrophysique,Univemit6 de Li&e, Belgium

Most of the halo phenomena associ-

ated with the sun, or the moon, are
caused by reflection or refraction of light
in ice crystals which are hexagonal In
cross-section, usually in cirrus-iype
clouds. The amazing variety of halos
produced by these simple mystab is
nicely explained tn GreenWs bmk
"Rainbows, halos and glories".
Halos am not Infrequently seen over
b Silla and, from time to time, interest-
ing displays may be rscopded like the
series of pictures in Figure 1 which illus-
trate the evoluth of a Wrghtly cotoured I
circurnzenithal arc as the aun pro-

gressively sets down.
On January 27, 1990, we had the
chance to photograph a rare and
irnpressiue combination of solar Wos.
The phenomenon appeared around 2
p.m. and lasted less than 1 h. It Is- partly
illustrated in Figurn 2 and 3, the dKfer-
ent halos being klentifled in Figure 5,
The -loured ring around the sun is the
2P mfractlon bfo. It is particularly
sharp and remarkable for its brightness
and high contrast. Downwards, we
succesdvely encounter a part of the
great 46' halo and the relatively ram
circumhorimntal arc well detaehed from
the former. Despite k i n g fainter, both I
were significantly oolwred. The strlking
featurn was the small pathdb circle In-
side and tangent to the 22" halo. This
halo surrounding the zenith and passing
through the sun Is due to reflected sun- I

arc. Figures 4-and 6 illustrate the com-

plex of halos, unfortunately fainter, for a
sun e M o n of -36": t& parhetic cir-
Is &mhded* Rgwe 1: Fmm top b bottom, fils s e q m ot photos, obta(ned on F e b r w 20, 1994
illusfrrltes the evdutbn of the dfcumzenithd err: as the am -ve& sets down. The
maare also p-
1 located on "9
e~rcmamifha~ an: is a re- twb amurn the zenith, h~gh/n ttw shy,
W e l i c circle and wdl detached from
the 22' halo.
m/y a sun &vetlon l o w than w (see ~ l g . Y wre the most ~ianttly
hirimeaU88d by b euyshuCs, W pufliy of Its coloum oftan surpatain~ttM d th8 wl@w, TMs
It is qulte remarkable that all the omam because the ei-hd mc xs not ceused by a minknum devlatlwr e f f w like for
phenomena described before may be other halos (Fls. 77.
seen in Figure 2, we have'computed the
theoretical brightness distribution along
the perimeter. Fresnel formulae for re-
flectance times of the reflecting faces
predlct the intensity to be nearly con-
stant along the perimeter except near
the sun where it decreases to zero (see
also Lynch, 1979).We find good agree-
ment, but overexposition hampers a de-
tailed comparison close to the sun. Fi-
nally, taking account of the angular
diameter of the sun, the remarkable
sharpness of the parhelic circle indi-
cates that the oriented plate crystals
producing it are aligned to better than
Apart from their aesthetic interest, ob-
servations of unusual halos or combina-
tion of halos may certainly contribute to
a better understandinn - of ice crystal
Figure 2: The 22" halo and. inside. the very unusual parhelic circle photographed for a sun physics and ultimately one could hope
elevation of 79" on January 27, fm,about 2 p.m. local time. The colours indicate that the to derive Some characteristics of the
greatest halo is due to refraction while the parheiic (whitish) circle is due to reflected sunlight atmosphere by simply analysing the ob-
served halos. From the astronomical
point of view, the halo phenomena may
provide a unique tool for detecting crys-
tals (not only ice) in planetary atmo-
spheres (Whalley and McLaurin, 1984).
This was first pointed out by O'Leary
(1966) who suggested to measure the
changes of Venus polarization near in-
ferior conjunction when it passes the
22" scattering angle.
La Silla being located in a site where
unique climatic conditions prevail and
visited by many people equipped with

ngure 4: The halo phenomena p h o t w m

&vation of -364 l3e pmhdic drde is now
w f w y opmsd (sw m.6 and 8). r~wo
~ & o r s u n d O g ~ a m ~W8llde- t ,
bdmd h m fhe 22" hab as can be a-
m f O r W s eleva~ofthesun. V

Figure 3: The lower pa17 of the halo cam*

itlustrated in Qure 2. It was m o d @ at the
same moment. in addHIon to fhe 22' halo,
wecern EdentMyepwtlonoftheWheloand
the circumhwhntaI m.

explained by the presence in the atmo-

sphere of only one type of ice crystals:
the plate-form crystals; pencil-shaped
crystals if present would have produced
additional halos like the circumscribed
halo or the upper tangent arc (Greenler
and Mallmann, 1972). The presence of a
portion of the great 46" halo also sug-
gests that plate crystals dominate (Platt-
loch and Trankle. 1984). Figure 7 illus-
trates the different light rays which may
explain the observed halos; most of the
phenomena are in agreement with the
&nuary 2f, IB90. For the reivrrefed rays A

\- \

'y -4-\
and 8, the clystats act as t
prisms, n3Spmdyy
W and €V
llght thfwgfwe Eon-
mimes near the minimum &viation, ~e.,
far Ice, near 22"and W. If the mptak are
mndomly oriented in the sky, hrays are
at thewlgnof ffie2Pand 4 8 e d ~
rhe shap of t h m halos is indepetwnt ot
* -;)--- the sun elevaiim. ~attllngin the air, some of
'I Ylese crystals. the lagest ones, tend ta have
t M r fiat bases orient& hoiizontally Thrwgh
I p r o d m the l&ht m d e m a t h s celled sun
I obgs or parhalla. For sun ~~ close t
ff, the rays enter nonrrrmaf to the c p t d s and
p r o d m sun &$s loeared at t b sun &ova-
tionOtlttach~i&abthe22"helo. F o r h m
q sun ~rewtlms, the rays penetmb
dented crystal W h k m s i n g skewma
0 The minlmum mgfe of deviation m u g h r
pliwn being higher for stew mjm, the sun
22"hlo for o r b &l a m swr etemtims
Figurn 5: *SEhematlC z m I t r n M pr&c- (Rg. 44 InWactfng with the same subset d
tkm iI!ustmting the hdo phenomena ob- W e d crystals, the reftactedrays C 8nd D
smedarwnd 2 pm. F I S2. and @LWB fhe dmmhorbn&I and clrdum-
cal he% an3 at fhe M$ln d the parheiic
data ma glm ~arelsvdlflon, /t Is m y to
rmIk that the Ibht my6 C, 4 E q p m t t y
coma fmm arcs or circl85 which are centred
ZENITH on the miih and Ile at constant elevarion
above h e h o r l m (be Fig. 8). the fheb de-
gree of hwdm kme h r d crysws be-
ing mWan a w n d W wticml ax&. The
E 0 paw'ic ~ g the hsun and
may be seen fw any sun eievatbn. On the
Fgm 7: &we IIIusfmtesthe l&ht rays mn-, due to htemal twklion, the cir-
passing f h w h pkm-fomr Ibe eummIthd (rasp. ~ u m h w l z ~ r t a larr:)
cwtals which are #?oughtto be respond* cannot be m n lor sun @evations gmtw
far all the halo phenomena observed on tkin 92' (lower than 58").



cameras, it is clear that very interesting

effects could be recorded. For example,
halos of radii different from 2 2 and
46*, or those occurring - 180" away
ihe sun are yet clear'y under- p.npmtlve view of smne halos d i m e d h this paper.
Figure 8: A s c h m a f l ~
stood because of a lack of ~ o o d~hoto-
graphic records. ~ h o t o m e G and-polari-
zation measurements are even scarcer.
Halo observations could be a nice goal References mann, AJ.: 1979, Science 208,643.
'Or astmnDmera lucky enough get cardon, B.L: ,977.Am. J- P h p k 45,331. Lynch. D.K.: 1979.5. Opt.Sot. Am. 09,1100.
cloudy weather! Greenler, R.: 1980, Rainbows, halos, and O'Leaty, B.T.: 1966, 4 . J . 1443,754.
It ia a p l ~ s u r %
to thank my friends cambridge university Press. Pattloch, F., Trinkle, E.: 1984, J. Opt. Soc.
and colleagues Marc Remy, Jean Surd9j Greanler, R., Matlrnann, A,J.: 1972, S-8 Am. A 1, 520.
and Eddy Van Drom for their comments 176,128. Whalley, E., Mclaurln, G.E.: 1984, J. Opt.
and enthusiasm. , Mueller, J.R., Hahn, w.,
~ w n i w R., M~I- soc. ~ mA. I, I 166.

Flower Power at La Silla

Periodically a d n y winter hits the secutive years of drought, dressed up in duces a small almond-flavoured nut
'Norte Chico" of Chile. Winter 1991 was tiny g r m [eaves and delicate yetlow highly apprmlated by the Vizcacha
one of them and generated some un- flowers. A b v e the Pellcano quebrada rabbits. In the same area we dnd the
happiness among the La Silla obses- the evergreen C&wniI/o (Fig. 2) began AlgambiIla (Fig. S), anolher bush ex-
vm. a long sequence of white flowering posed to Intensive exploitation. Its thick
For tourism and botany however the which w l last till summer. I& branches bean-shaped fruit has a very high con-
interest was greatly enhanced. Down in are often chopped down for charcoal tent oftanin and Is expwted to the lath-
the valley near the airship the Palo San- and It is now in danger of extinction. er tanneries abroad.
to (Fig. 1) oplend the exhibition in Au- Fortunately the La SiIb territory remains The really spectacular scen&s how-
gust. The shrubs, frustrated by con- a pmsanratlon area. The ca&onillo pro- ever appeared in Septemk when the

- - I-".

Figure 4: Espino (Acacia aven)

Figure 3: Chaw ( Figure 6: Algarrobo Prosopis chilensis)

figure 7: Soldadlllo flropaeolum looseril) Elgure 10: Marlposa blanca (Sehizanthus candidus)


L' ;',>-

:;,-:\ ,-*@


**k , \%

.'3: :.;I_$&*
r 4.-

Figure 8: Rosita (Cruckshanksia) Flgum 1 I: Pata de Guanaco 1CsIanddlnia

Figure 9: Tercioplo V\rgylia radlata) Figure 12: Viola del Campo (Viola ast8-I
purple Pate da G u m c o (Fig. 1l),cov- dreds of placea in Chile where the vil- the mountain cousins of the garden
ered large extensbns of fields &emat- lages of Chafiar and Chafiarcillo m- Capucins. Sweral of those wltd species
b with the yellow W a s de! Camp pete in numbers with the A l m b o a pmpaeohrms) exist in Chile and the
(Fig.12) and the Rmib (Fig. 8). This is and Algamblllos. The elegant and thor- coastal slopes harbour a magnificent
the time when photographic cameras ny Algarrobo tree (Fig. 6) populates the three-cotour version.
get inspired and the telescopes emerge quebradas and has Invaded Mr. The white crosspetal Sohhpetelon
from unusual green surmundings. The Schumann's garden located five deserves a special mention as it is
curious visitor will spot the Tmiopetas hundred mdm below the mountain adapted to wr activities. It opens up at
Fig. 9) whom m ! o m range from top. It is moderate In water consumption sunsat and sends its honey smell
ygllow-orange to dark b n . The velvet and w1ll eventually outnumber the ever through the night before clodng fn the
flowers make a paint of growing on bare thirsty poplars and eucalipti, thriving on momlng.
ground where other plants cannot com- wr waste waters. Many more wild flowers grow on our
pete. On the road to La Sllla the flower lopes: the candid Marlposas M a m a s
Of the two native t m s which gmw in festival is led by the Endim which (Fig10). AdesmIas, Seneclos, MaM/las
our region the CkMr (Fig. 3) is the Chileans Identify with the lovely name and magnMoent W r n e W .
most spectacular one during the flower- of the Caronilk d d fmile (the friar's Dr. G r e m , our walking encyclo-
ing season. R shrouds IMtf in orange crown). pedia, has identified aver 150 endemic
blossoms and attracts thousands of On the mountain itself the SobdadIllos species in aur surroundings. Who said
bees. The tree has lent its name to hun- Piffle soldiers Fig. 7')llne up. They are La Silla is a desed .7 ..

New Aspects of the Binary Planet Pluto-Charon

lnstituf f i r Astronomic und Astrophysik, Technische UniversitafBerlin, Germany; ZLandessternwarteHeidelberg,
Germany; 3 ~ S 0La , Silla, Chile

Introduction Thanks to generous allocation of ESQ CCD direct imaging techniques which
Never since the discovery of Pluto In time we were able to continue our study allow high-precision differential pho-
1930 has our knowledge about this tiny of the mutual eclipse light curves. tometry wen If sky conditions are not
far-out planet improved so rapidly as strictly photometric. Our data base was
during the past five years. The coinci- supplemented by published light curves
dence of two rare opportunities that Eclipse O b s e ~ a t i ~ n s of eleven further events (Binzd et al,,
occur together only once every 250 As the aspect of Charon's orbit 1985; Tholen et al., 1987 b; Binzel,
years kept astronomers around the around Pluto as seen from Earth varies 1988, Tholen and Buie, 1988; Tholen
world busy to solve the puale of Pluto with time, different areas on Pluto are and Hubbard, 1988).
and its satellite Charon. occulted during the eclipses (Fig. 2). The While the first grazing eclipse light
In 1987/88, the plane of Cttaron's eclipse series started In early 1985 with curves could be analysed using models
highly inclined orbii around Pluto swept occultations of the north polar region on for eclipsing binary stars, more sophistl-
over the inner sofar system. This gave Pluto. While in 1986 and 1987 large cated algorithms were required as the
rise to a series of mutul occultations fractions of the northern hemisphere eclipse series continued. The light
and transfs of the planetary disks that were covered as Charon crossed in curves were then complicated by
were observable from Earth between front of Pluto, Pluto's southern hemi- shadow transits which occurred dis-
1985 and 1990 (cf. Fig. 1). Nearly at the sphere was involved in the eclipses placed in time relative to the eclipse
same time, on Sepiember 5,1989, Pluto throughout the rest of the series until events (Fig. 3).
reached the perihelion of its eccentric 1990. The analytical model developed by
orbit around the Sun which placed the To exploit the full information pro- Dunbar and Tedesco (1986) to derive
binary system within range for photome- vided by the mutual eclipses it was the physical parameters of a binary
try with rnedlurn-sized telescopes. therefore ngcessay to spread observa-
The shapes and the timings of the tions over the whole period of eclipse
mutual eclipse light curves not only re- phenomena. Due to the fact that the
flect the geometry of the system (which binary system is in a bound rotation It is,
had been scarcely known before) but however, only possible to derive the
also provide information about the gross gross albedo distribution on one herni-
albedo distribution on Pluto and sphere of Pluto and Charon, respec-
Charon. tively.
In an eartier issue of the Messenger From 1985 to 1990 we successfully
(Pakull and Reinsch. 19861, we reported observed six transits of Charon in front
the analysis of the first eclipse light of Pluto (inferior events) and eight occul-
curves observed in 1985 and 1986 tations of Charon by Pluto (superior
which revealed that the diameter of event@. The photometry was obtained I 1985 1087/88 lSQ0
Pluto was much smaller than previously with the ESO/MPI 2.2-m and the Danish Figure 1: Apparent view of Chamn's 8.4-day
believed. 1.5-m telescope, respectively, using ofbit around Pluto Behueen 1985 and f 990.
Table 1: Fbysicel pamnmtem and orbital elemmts of the Pluto-Chm system d&v& lrom
the W h m M of our w&vtiml model.
Pluto Charon
1985 Radius r Fm] 1151 f 20 591 -t11

M a density e I&d 2.032 i:0.040

Mrrssm[lpkg] 1,47 f 0.07

Absolute bi-i&~trtnes~
V (1,O) -0.848 k 0.01 0 f 350 4 0.010

Mean geometric albedo R, 0.61 8k 0.020 0.372 f 0.01 2

Appmnt lncllnatlon (17.4.87) I fdeg-1 80.710f 0.052

S I W orbkl P [days) 6.387244 f 0.000007

The radii of (1151 f 20) km derived for

1987 Pluto and (591 2 11) km for Charon are
in p o d agreement with our earlier re-
sutts (Pakull and Relnsch, 1986). They
conflrm that the radii are significantly
lower than those found by prwlous ob-
senren using speckle interFernmetric
techniques. The error uncertainties
could be reduced by more than a factw
1988 of 3, and the slight discrepancies In the
results of dMerent eclipse observers
could ha solved (cf. Ounbar and T e h -
co, 1986; Tholen et at., 1987 a; Reinsch
and Pakull, 1987; Tholen and Buie,
A comparison of our best-fitting mod-
el wlth the o b m e d light curves reveals
that systematic differences still remain.
These must be attributed to local devla-
tions from the assumed constant albedo
of Charon and of Pluto's northern and
southem hemispheres (cf. Fig. 4).
Basad on our improved physical para-
metera of the system, we chose a nu-
merical approach to derive Indlviduaf a]-
Flgure 2: Pmjected pem of G h m and fta bedo values for a grid of surfa08 areas
shadow acma &to. 771s n m r n and on Pluto. The boundaries of t h surface
southm eximes of the o b w w d rnmdfs elements were selected to match In
am display& for each w. latltude with the five grwps of eclipse
paths and to suit time-resolution of our
data (longitudinal strips).
planet from eclipse light curves was We found that the significant surface
adapted to our problem. In a fhst-order structures needed to M the photometry
approach, we assumed a constarR d- am already described by a glid of 17
b d o for Pluto and Charm. respectively. surface dements. The albedo dlstribu-
The llght curves obtained wlth this mod- tion derived is independent of the par-
d showed that the albedos of the north- ticular method used to define the grid
em and southern hemisphere were sig- (Iongltudinal or rectangular division, cf.
niflcantly different. Therefore, we mod- Fig. 5).
fled our firstlorder model introducing Our albedo map reveals that areas of
separate parametem for the albedos df high contra& must coexist on the Cha-
the northem and southern hemisphere. ron-facing hemisphere of Pluto. The
We performed a multi-parameter highest contrast found was that be-
bast-squares fit to our data using the tween the two polar cap. While the
analytical model IlgM curves. Adopting south polar region appears to be the
the oabital radius of 19840f 320 krn for brightest area on the planet, we found
Charm determined by Bub and Thoten that the north polar region has the low-
(1980) the besf solution ofour fit yielded est albedo. This is a-surprising result FQ", Q: d w e d jmms
the improved phySIcaI parameter8 of the because the south polar @on is the showing the tmnslt of C h m and Its shadow
system given In Table 1. one that has been exposed to p e m - er
em nuto on May 1, 1988.
PLUTO/CHARON ESO/MPI 2.2m telescope + CCD torn* of Pluto's rotational light c u m
between 1982 and 1890 using the Wal-
raven photometer attached to the Dutch
May 1, 1988 Inf. 0.91-rn telescope and the single-
channel photometer at the ESO 1-m te-
lescope. The &sewations have been
reduced to the "absoIutembrightness
0.1 V(1,O) corresponding to unit distance
Pluto-Sun and Pluto-Earth and to a
phase angle of 0" (cf. Fig. 6).
From Information theory It is known
that the deconvolution of a light cuwe Is
numerically instable if the low frequency
hltensity variations are largely contami-
nated by staYldlcd fluctuations. Tt'18 low
and high frequencies can, however, be
0.3 separated by computing the Fourier
hnsformatbn d our Ilght curve, We
found that our original light c u m is al-
ready well described by its first two
1 1 ' 1 1 ' 1 1 1 1 1 1 ' 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 s 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ~ 4 1 1 1 L 1 1 1 1 Fourier components whin the statisd-
1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0
cal errors of the data (see Flg. 6). We
time CUT] have deconvotved this analflat light
nourn 4: Drampls of an m / i p light curve 0bsewU on May 1, 1988 with the wOmaPI2+2-m curve ta derive the longitudlnel albedo
tehwope (combinatbn of S and V-n/iwmeaauments), 7ha two I I t m ~UperImFSdOn the variation on Pluto (Fig. 7). The albedo
data mpmmt our pwely geometrical rrmdel (dashed Ilne) and our albedo model ( d ' n u o l ~ i distribution obtained shows a double
flw*m w . peaked structure. The rnaxlmum of the
latitude aveiqed albedo is attributed to
the longitudinal strip which faces to-
nent Irradiation from the Sun as Pluto It fras been noted that the "absoluten wards Earth a€ rotational phase 0.65.
approached perihelion. mean brightness V(1,O) of the planet has The minimum albedo corresponds to
From simultsneaus obsewattons In increased by 0.3 mag since 1954. At the the region being In front at phase 0.95.
dmerent cobur bands we found no sys- same time, the amplitude of the rota- While the features of our Iongitudinal
tematic mlow variations of the surface tional light variation has become signifi- albedo distrlbutlon m b l e most of
structures on Pluto. The eclipse depths cantly larger. those implied by the 'SHELF' model
were, however, detected to be d o u r Attempts to model the albedo dis- (e.9. maximum and minimum albedo),
dependent fw occultations of C h n . In tribution on Pluto have already been the exjstence of a second maximum at
mis case the eclipses o b m d In the B- publ'mhed using the Information pro- rotational phase 0.2 Is neither supportad
filter were lightly deeper than those vided by this secular variation of the by the 'SHELF' model nor by our eclipse
*wed In the V-filter. rotation@light curve (Marcialb, 1888; map-
Buie and Thobn, 1989). Bule and Thoten We found no colour dependence of
derived two distinct configulsltlona of the rotational light curve and, con#-
The Rotational light Cuwe of dark and bright spots on Pluto that fit quently, of the IongMlnal albedo dls-
Pluto for the
the out-~f-eclipsephotom&ry eqmlly trtbution. The colwr
The w l a t m of Pluto's visual bright- well (models 'MAX' and 'SHELF). Pluto-Charon system is (B-V)weh =
ness with a period of 6.4 days (cf. Flg. 6) Whereas these models assume that 0.8462 0.010 and does not vary with
was first dwcted by Walker and Hardie the surface structures have not changed the rotational phase. From the depths of
(1465) and has been intepprded as the dwing the past 35 years, there b some the superlor events where Charon Is to-
rotational period of the planet, Thls rota- evidence from the detection of a sub- tally eclipsed we computed the colour
tional light curve contains independent stantial atmosphere of Pluto (Elliot d al., dlffmces for Pluto (&V)PI =
i n f o d o n about the albedo distribu- 1989) that a cyclic methane sublimation 0.871 lt: 0,014 and for Charon (B-vch =
tion on Pluto. and freeze-out may occur during Pluto's 0.701 f 0.014 which show that Pluto is
eccentric wbR ( S m et al., 1988). This redder than C h m .
would be an alternative explanation of
the rotational light curve changes and
implies that the albedo dlstrlbution on
Pluto could be variable on a time scale Our findhg of a dark north polar cap
210 yean. on Pluto Is in contrast with the bright
A &raIgMoward mathod to derive potar caps required by the models of
the albedo dlstributlon on Pluto has be- Marclalis (1988) and Buie and Tholen
come available during recent years. As (I 969) to aocwrvt for the secular varia-
we have viewsd the equator of Pluto tion of Pluto's rotational light curve. The
nearly edgbon around .I 987/88 a de- existence of a dark p o C cap can, how-
convolution of the rotational light c u m ever, be understood if we amme that
yields the instantaneaus longitudinal al- the surface structures have changed
h m 8 grid of 17 elements The a& bedo distribution on Pluto without re- during the past 35 years as suggested
bedodlsmution has b m ~ h d t o r e - quiring fu* assumptions. by the rnodel of Stem st al. (j988). It wlll
p r o d m the spatial msdution ubiained. 738 Besides the eclipse obsesvaiions we therefore be important to continue
norfh pole Is to the top. have, therefore, obtained absolute pho- monitoring the out-of-ecllpsa brightness
Figure 7: hngfiudinal albedo dktdbutlan on
Pluto d e W by ~ n v o l v i n gthe mt&tlolPal

Binrel, R.P., Tholen, D.J., Tedasco, EF.,
0.00 0.20 0.40 0.80 0,80 1,OO Buratti, B.J., Nelscm, R.M., 1985, Sc1228,
rotational phase [ P = 8,38718 days] Blnrel, R.P., 1988, Sd 241,1070.
R5ure6: T h e m ~ t i o n a l ~ t c u w e o f H u t d a n d C h a r r r n ~ b e t1w9m
4 2 e v l d f ~Ihe
. mie, M.W., Tholen, DJ., 1gSg,Icmm79,23.
continuous fine ~ m toursa d y t l d dewiptlon of the light c m e mi& for the &ammlu- Dunbar, R.S., Tedese~,E.F., 1986 AJ 92,
m. 1203.
OHot, J.L, Dunhem, E.W., Bosh, AS., et at.,
1989, Icanrs77.148.
of Ptuto with high precision photometry space pro& may provide more de- Marclalls, R.L., 1988, AJ M,941.
to track the secular variation of the rota- tatled pictures of the surfaces of Pluto Pakull, M.W., Relnsch, K., 1086, The
tional light curve. The 'SHELF M e t of and Charon. Messww*, 3.
Relmh, K., Pakull, M.W., 1987, Asfm. As-
6uie and Tholen (1989) predicts w Im- tmphys tn,L43.
nasdie reversal of the secular varlaffon Stem, $94, Tmftm, LM., Gladstone, G.R.,
4i.a general brightening and a reduction 1988, I- 75,485.
In amplitude of the rotational light curve) We wish to thank M. FWw, C. fholen, D.J., W e , M.W., Swift, C.E, I987a,
whereas Stem et al. (1988) predlct that Motch, M. Remy, and N. Sleget who AJ32,244.
the reversal shoutd take place 7-17 kindly undertook m e of the *a- M e n , D.d,, Buie, M.W., B i m l , R.P., Frueh,
years after passing periheliondue to the tlons included In our analysis. We also M.L, 1#7b. &1237, Sl2.
thermal hertia of Pluto's surface. thank K. B e u m n for fruitful dlscus- fholen, D.J., Bule, M.W., 1988, M W , 1977.
fholen, D.J., Hubbard, W.B., 1988. Amon.
The physical pmmters of the Pluto- sions and continuous suppoPt durlng &Whys. m,L5.
C h a m system seem to tia well estab- this work. k s t but not least we #rank fholm, D.J., Bde, M.W., IM, 8AU 22,
lished now. The largest uncertainty that the many people from the ESO staff for 1129.
remains lies In the exact: determination their technical support durlng our time Walker, M.F., Hardb, R., 1955. PASP 67,
of the semi-major axis of the system critical obseming progmmme. 224.
wHch measures only 0.9" on the sky.
This Is the scaling factor of the d i m
ten3 and the total mass of the binary
m p o n m k . Future observations with ESO's Early History
high spatial resolution (e.g. with the HST
or the ESO-Ml) wlll dlow a more accu- The readers of the Messenger will be scientfsts with modern facilifiies for
rate determination of Charon's orbit. pleasedto leam that the recent series of front-line inve9tlgatlons beyond the
One physical parameter which is inde- eleven articles about the early histwy of capacities of t b individual member
pendent of this scaling length is the Em. written by Professor Ad- stat&%
mean density of the system that can be Blaauw, have now been cdlected In a P r o w A d r i a Blaauw, wdl-
calculated from the binary period and book. The text has been hmughly r+ known Dutch astronomer. has been
the dlmensioras of Pluto and Charon ret- vised and includes photos whfch were closely associated with ESO durlng all
atlve to the binary separation. The mean not in the Messmgwartictes. of this time. He actively participated in
dmdty of &bout 2 @ c d indicates that The narrative begins with the de- many of the events described and as a
the Ruto-Charon system has a high velopments in the early 1950's when former Dimtor General of ESO
rock mass fraction similar to that of the leading European astronomers initiated (1970-74) he possesses first-hand
larger satelltes of the giant planets. a search for the best posslbb obsma- knowledge of tha organization and the
The mutual eclipse series of Pluto and tory site undm Uw comparatively unex- way it works. A scientist of international
Charon has prwidd us with many new plored southern sky. Ten years latw, in renown, Professor BIaauw Is atso a
aspects of the binary planet Pluto-Cha- 1962, ESO was established by an Inter- noted amateur histopian in his hwne
Ton. The albedo maps computed by dif- national convention and soon thereafter wunby.
ferent &sewers will hopefully converge a remote mountain top in the Chilmn The book Is available from ESO (ad-
as the data of all o b m e m will be com- Atacama d m , La SiUa, was acquired. dress on the last page); the price is
bined. The spatial resolution that can be It took another d d e to transform this 25 DM, which mugt be prepaid by
obtained by eellpse mapping is superior site Into the world's largest optical ob- cheque or bank transfer to E W account
to that offered by the HST wen if it Swatory* No. 2102002 at the Cornmenbank
wauld be working to design sp8cifica- ESO exempliflw the hihly sucwsful in Munich ( B U 70040041). Please be
tions. It will not be before the end of the European integratton in a fundamental sure b indicate "ESO History" In your
first decades of the next century that fieki of science, providing Europaan order.
A Visit to Gaspra
This is a ground-based photo of the
first minor planet ever to be visited by a
spacecraft. On October 29, 1991, the
NASA spacecraft Galileo flew past
minor planet No. 951 Gaspra on its way
to Jupiter where it will arrive in De-
cember 1995. The distance to Gaspra
from the Earth was 410 million km at the
time of the fly-by. Although Galilw's
high-galn antenna has not yet been un-
folded and could therefore not be used,
JPL engineers succeeded In getting a
300-line Image via the low-gain antenna;
the others will be sent when Gallleo is
again near the Earth. The first image
showed the irregular form of Gaspra and
Several craters on its surface with a res-
otution of h t 130 metres. The diarne-
ter was measured as 16 kilornetms.
Gaspra was discovered on July 30,
1916 at the Simeis Observatq in the
mountains of Cximea, the Russia. The sofi on the southern coast of Crimea, in On this date, Its distance from the Earth
discoverer was the welt-known Russian which the famous Russian writer Lev was 262 million km and the magnitude
astronomer Grigorij Nikolaevich Neuj- Nikolaevfch Tolstoy (1828- 1910) spent was about 15.
min (born 1886 in Tbilisi, Georgia; died many years of his life." The village of The background of the photo is a
I946 in Leningrad), who later became Gaspra is located about 10 krn south- region in the southern constellation
Director of that observatory (1925- 1931 west of Yalta. Ophlochus (the Serpent-holder)which is
and 1936-1941) and Director of the The present photo was obtained with characterld by relativelyfew stars, but
Pulkovo Obsewatoty near St. Peters- the 1-metre ESO Schmidt telescope at many bright and dark nebulae. The
burg (1 944- 1946). During three de- La SIlla on April 9, 1991 and served brightest of the three stars in the top
cades he discovered 72 minor planets to measure an accurate position of right corner is the 5th-magnitude Rho
and 6 comets. Gaspra, in support of the navigation of Ophiuchl, a hot and young double star.
Neujmin's dedicationfor (951) Gaspra Galilm. The exposure lasted 10 minutes It is surrounded by nebulostty that re-
reads as follows: 'Named after the r e and Gaspra is indicated with an arrow. flects the light from the stars.

copic Study of UM673 ABB: on the

New ESO Preprints Size of Lyman-a Clouds. AstmphyeW
801. Bo Reipurth, S. Heathcote and Fre-
derick Vrba: Star Fomlation In Bok
(September-November 1991) JoumI. Globules and Low-Mass Clouds. 1V.
794. P. Meller and P. Kjargaard: The Ex- Herbig-Ham Objects in 6335. As-
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789. F. Bertola, G. Gall& and W.W. Neighbour Q u m : Measuring the 802. Bo Reipurth, A.C. Raga and S. Heath-
ZeHinger: The Mlnw-Axis Dust-Me Quasar Beaming. Astronomy and As- cote; Structure and Kinemath of the
Elliptical NGC 1947. Astronomy and trophysics. HH 111 Jet. Astrophp'caI Journal.
Astrophysh 795. M.R. Rosa, H. iiinnecker, A. Moneti and
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Functions, Relativistic Beaming, and Far-Red. Astronomy and Astrwhph. 34. P. DMckx: Optical Performanee of
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Radlo Sources. AslrophysiEaI Journal. and E.O. Tami: Homogeneous J, H, K, nal of Modem O p t b ,
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A Survey of Optical Knots in KeplerysSNR
R. BAND1ER4, OssenratorioAstrofisico di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy
S. VAN DEN BERGH, Dominion Astrophysical Obsewatory, Victoria, Canada

nant, and spanning directions from N-E shock in the direction of the stellar mo-
KeplWs supmova remnant (SNR) Is to West (ckkwiise). Othw groups of tion. In the bow shock the gas was
an ideal object for a direct investigation knots are located closer to the remnant compressed, allowing the condensation
of the interadon of a blast wave with a centre. Fainter diffuse emission Is atso of dense clumps. Mow the supemova
hlghly inhomogems medium. Most of present along most of the northem rim blast wave moves through this dense
the optical ernissbn comes from dense of this SNR, as well as In the surround- and Inhomogeneousmedium. The effect
-- -
(n 103 1O4 cm? and compact (r
1016 lo1' cm)knots recently hit by the
- ings of the centrat groups of knots. No
optlcat emlssion can be detected along
of this is an enhanced emission in radio
and X rays on that slde. When the most
main shock.The physics of the intwac- the southem rim of the remnant. compact clumps are 'ignited" by the
tion is complex and involves the forma- Actually the optical Images are not the arrival of the blast wave they become
fion of smmdziq shocks, cloud crush- most suitable for defining centre and visible as optically emitting knots.
ing and evaporation by saturated con- size of Kepler's SNR; but one could use Since the time-scale for the evolution
duction (see MKw, 1988 for a review). radio and X-ray images (Matsul et al., of knots is considerably shorter than the
We here present some results of a IW),w h m the remnant looks pretty remnant age, the optical knots trace the
tong-term project on Keplefs SNR. di- circular. However also at these actual position of the supernova blast
rected towards the study of links be- wavelengths W shows a strong wave. Knots are visible only on an
tween the klnemattcal, morpholugical asymmetry in the emission, with a N-W annulus at the intersection of the bow
and spdmampical propertlea of a limb considerably brighter than the rest shock with the blast wave. Since the
knd, and the phase of its Interaction of the remnant. common transtation also has a radial
with the supernova blast wave. Kepbr's component, the bow shock gmmetty Is
SNR is a very young object (less than seen from an oblique perspective, and
3. Kinematics - A Bow Shock this annutus appears as an ellipse. On
400 yr old), and contains features that Model?
evolve with time-scales considerably this hypothesis the knots projected near
shorter than a human titime. For this By a comparison of plates covering the central regions of the SNR are actu-
reason It represents one of those rare the period 1942-1 976, van den Bergh ally part of this ( d i s t m ) ellipse. Wlth
cases in which the evolution can be and Kamper (1977) were abte to mea- the expansion of the blast wave, new
followed 'in real time". sure proper motions for 19 knots. Fur- knots wlll appear on an ellipse that in-
thermore they collected radial velocity creases in sire and shim In position as
measurements for a few knots. well.
2Morphology Thdr data were consistent with an This geometry allows one to predict
Aftar Kepter's supernova (SN 1604) "expansion age" of less than 2 x 1o4 yr. where new knots will appear. A non-
faded away, more than three centuries Therefore it became clear that the opti- trivial prediction concerns the central
passed before its remnant was discov- cal knots in Kepler's SNR have hot been knots. These new knots should brighten
ered. In 1941 Butde '(1943) flrst de- ejected by the supernova. On the other to the south of those already existing
tected some nebulosity near the super- hand they are too dense and clumped to (8andbn 1988).
nova position that was deduced from be interstellar (recall that the remnant is
the historical records. He described tacated about 500 pc above the &lac-
4. The Restorationof Old Plates
Kepler's SNR as "a broken mass oT tic plane, for a dlstanm of 4.5 kpc). Very
bright knots and filaments covering a likely the optical knots originated from a Here we shall describe the most im-
fan-shaped area", but actually detected wind of the stellar progenitor. This hy- portant phases of a work (Bandim and
only the N-W brightest part of the opti- pothesis is also supported by the pres- van den Bergh, 19914, that allowed us
cal remnant. ence of a dlgM nitrogen owabundance to obtain clmnw and deeper images,
In fact the location of thIs remnant is (Dennefeld, 1982; Leibowitz and Dan- and to follow h detail the motions of
far from ideat for optical observations. It ziger, 1883). In m e respcts the knots many knots and the evolution of their
is highly redden&, and very crowded by resemble the "Quasi Stationary FImuli" intensities over the last half century.
field stars. Therefore faint filaments may in Cassiopeia A. We used plates taken with the Hooker
be overwhelmed by the background, not velocities, typ~ca~~y only some 2.5-rn reflector (1941-1 943) and with
while same optical knots can & mis- hundred kWs, can be interpreted as th M e 5-m telescope (1850-1983).
taken for stars. Deeper images of the random motions added to a common As already mentioned in Section 2, the
nebutar emlssion can h obtained only translation, pdnting towards the N-W. nebular emission is immersed in a
alter a careful suMractIon of the stellar Bandiera (1987) notied that such a crowded stellar fidd. This is particularly
continuum from narrow-band frames translation pdnts to the direction where evident on d d plates, exposed with
centred on conspfcuous emission lines, the remnant is brightest, in the optid as broad-hand filters. As a first step, we
like Ha+[N II] (D'Odorlco et al., 1986), well as in radio and X rays, and ex- decided to "restore" these plates, by
0 I] or [Q 110 (Blair, Long
but also [S Ill, 1 plained this in the following way: subtraction of the stellar continuum,
and Vancura 1991j. Assuming that this material Miglnated wlth the dm of also extracting from
Such imagas reveal a great deal of from a m l b r wind, Zts common motion them information that was originally
structure. In addition to the brightest may reflect the motion of the supernova hidden. This requires an off-line refer-
complex located on the N-W side of the progenitor. During that rnass-l- ence image for the subtraction. How-
remnant, there are some clumps of phase, the wind was interacting with the ever we did not expect the stettar field to
knots lying along the edge of the rem- interstellar medium, and formed a bow have experienced significant changes

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Figure 1: (a) goad-qualily photogrephic plate of Kepler's SNR (Hale 5-m telescope, May 1950);(bJ the same aftw restoration by subtraction of
the stellar ~untinuum.

Over the last decades. We therefore de- racy, resulting in a more efflclent stellar the plates. On average a knot was de-
c l d d to use an image taken recently. subtraction. As an example, Figure la tected on 9 of the 12 available frames.
Observations were carried out in 1989 shows the appearence of a photo- Our catalogue was not intended to be
wlth the 1.5-m Danish telescope on La graphic image of Kepler's SNR, ob- complete. Even a few rather bright knots
Silta, with the RCA CCD No. 15, using tained in 1950 with a broad-band red were discarded because they were al-
broad-band as well as Interference fll- filter. Figure I b shows the same image, most coincident with a poorly sub-
tefs centred on Ha+[N Ilj, [S II] Ilnes, and after the stellar subtraction procedure tracted star. Furthermore, a few very
on the nearby continuum, Our aim was described &bov%. recent knots were not included, be-
to produoe a reference image for the cause they were only present on a few
stellar field with a spectral response
5. A Catalogue of Optical Knots images, Our catalogue Lists only knots
similar to that of the old plates. In this whose parameters can be detmlned
respect a BesselI R filter was found to After "cleaning" the old plates from with some accuracy. The total number
give the best results. We first obtaind stellar contamination, following the of knots In wr catalogue is 50 com-
Ha+[N II] and [S II] images of the nebular evolution of the nebular emissbn be- pared to the 19 knots catalogued by van
emission, by subtracting the stellar con- comes an easier task. The comptete set den Bwgh and Kamper ( 1 9 7 , who
tinuum, after a proper alignment of the of restored images has been pubtished u& a similar set of plates.
frames and an approximateequalization by Bandiera and van dm Bergh (19914. INVENTORY gives both positions and
of the point spread functions. They were Some knots are seen to brighten con- intensities of sources. Thewe positions
then us& for subtracting the nebular siderably. Most of these lie on the exter- can be used to determine astrometric
component from the fmme with the nal part of the northern rim, but some motions of individual knots. Proper mo-
Bessdl R filter. In all the steps of #8 are also located in the central regions of tions are combined to measure the
reduction procedure we stressed the the remnant. The evolution of knots Is of amount of common translation, as well
production of i m g a that were as clean particular Interest for the understandhg as expansion velocity. After correcting
as possible, whiie deemphasidng the of the geometry of this object, Newer for Galactic mtatlon the components of
detection of very faint structures. knots brightened to the south of those the average hots motion are 117 f 10
The next step was the subtraction of already existing; in qualitative agree- km/s and 105 k 11 kmk, toward Wes?
the stellar continuum from the old ment with the predictjons of the bow and North, respectively; the expansion
plates. Thls stellar subtraction can be shock model (Bandiera and van den velocity is instead 87 i4 26 km/s (for a
carried out only after a linearization of Bergh, 1991b) described in Section 3. distance of 4.5 kpb. These values are
the chamcteristic curve of the photo- The qudity of the images is good consistent with those of van den Bergh
graphic plates. Since this was unknown, enough to also allow a quantitativeanal- and Kamper (1973, but have a much
we had to derive it from the plate itself, ysis of the evolution of the optbal rem- higher accuracy.
by comparison with the (line@ CCD nant. As a first step, a catalogue of Approximate photom&y has been
frame. Thls is a difficult task, mainly emitting knots has been prepared. In obtained by comparing the intensities of
because the point spread functions of Kepler's SNR optical knots usually look corresponding knots in different images,
the two images are also different. We to be well defined. When filamentary after additional cw7ections for effects of
solved the problem in an approximate structures are present, they usually con- the residual non-linearity In the restored
way by comparing the Intensities of a sist: of a group of aligned knots. In order images. Absolute dibration is provided
set of stars selected independently on to avoid selection effects produced hy by the knot fluxes given by D'Odorico et
the plate and on the CCD reference manual recognition and centring of al. (1986), At the end of this reduction
frame, using the INVENTORY routine, knots, we prefemd to perform an auto- we obtained light curves (basically in
implemented in MIDAS. By this proce- matic search @y INVENTORY) In the Ha+[N Il] emission) for all catalogued
dure the image of the bright stars region where knots are present Further- knots over a period of 40-50 yr. The
cannot be compIetely removed. How- mom, this search was pehrmed inde- relative aceutacy on the intensity es-
ever, for fainter stars which are more pendently on the different plates. We timates is about 30%.
numerous, the characteristic curve of retained as real only those knots that Bandbra and van den Bargh (1991a)
the plate can be fitt6d with greater accu- were detected independently on mast of prmnt all available quantitEttive infot-
Figure 2: Ma@t?g (4of pmper motb?s and (b) of evdutlon in brightness d catalog& knots h KepWs SNR (see texij.

mation derived from astrometry and knots). Larger circles indicate faster present preliminary results based on im-
photomeiq of the catalogued knots. evolution. As already discussed above, ages oQtalnd with SUSl at the New
Our Figures 2a and 2b give a synoptic newer knots brlghtend on the northern Technology Telescope (May IN?), us-
picture of the proper motions of knots rim central regions of Kepler's SNR. ing narrow-band filters centred on
and of thelr evolution In brightn-, re- Most knots are fading, with time-scales Ha+[N Ifl, ISIIJ and [0111] lines, respec-
speciivefy.In Figure 2a each arrow rep- generally longer than those of the brigh- tively. For each of these three filters,
resents the proper motion of a knot over tening ones (9-fold time-scales are up to after the subtraction of the stellar con-
400 yr (the present SMR age). The c m 10 yr for brightening, and up to 30 yr for tinuum. the retatlve intensities of knots
indicates the position of the centre of fading). catalogued by Bandiera and van den
the mdio and X-ray image, and the Bergh (19914 have bem measured.
arrow from its centre indicates the com- In Figures3a and 3b knot intensities in
mon translation of the pattern of knots. 6. Effects of the Evolution on the different lines are plotted ([Sll) vs.
In Flgure 2b a cirde centred at the posi-
Knots' Propedes HatlPIII], and [OIIfl vs. [Sllj, respective
tion of each catalogued knot represents Purpose of this Section is to give the ly). Each knot is repmentedby a circle,
Its evolutionary phase: filled circles indi- reader a qualitative feeling of how the whose characteristics indlcate the
cate brightening (newer knots), whlle properties of knots depend on the evolutive phase of that knot, according
open circles indicate fading (older phase of their evolution. Here we shall to the conventions already used in Fig-

h g .([Sn]) (arbitrary d t s )
Figure 3: WsMbutlon of knots at d I f f m e d u t h m y -888 in the (4&a+W 110 -Is 14 end (bJ IS I4 -[O /Ill htensily-planes (see i d .
llre 2b. Figure 3b contains only 30 Marseilb Obsewatory (Boulestelx et a]., Blair,W.P., Long,K.S., Vancura, 0.1Wt ,Ap,
knots, because the !NVEMORY routine 1W),howeuw, is ideal for radial w k i - J., see,484-
failed to detect [0llu emission from the tY mapping. Boulestetx, J., Georgelln, Y,P.. Mmlln, M.,
Monnet, Q., 1984, fn InsWmenhth in
others. Astronomy, Proc. SPlE 446,eds. V A Bok-
From both figures it Is se%nthat the Senberg, and D.L Crawford, p. 37.
regions rrontaining ywmgar knots (filled Dennefeld, M. 1- Astm. Astmphys. 312,
circles) are separated from those con- Ref-= 215.
taining older knots (open circles). In Fig- made, w. I~~E~,A~.J.,Q?, 119. DDdorlw, S., Bandkm, R., W g w , J.,
ure 3a the correlation between [S ill and Bandlera, R. 1987, Ap.J., 319,885. F d l , P. 1086, Ask J., 91, 1382.
Ha+[N Il] intensities is rather good, but -era, R. lgm, In Supemova shelfs and ~ d b o ~ l t r ,E.M., w p w , I.J. tm3.
thdr Mrfh ad. W. Kundtt w m MrNRA.8,2W, 273.
older knots are typically brighter in (S Ill. Notes in Physlcs S ~ WS .P ~ ~ Veda, W
However, In Flgm 3b this cornlation L M&uI, Y., Long, U.Dlckel,
, J.R., G d n ,
Berlin, p. 81. E.W. 1984. Ap. J., 287,295.
poor. Most of the brighter knots in [OIH] Barsdiew, R., van den B e ~ h S. , lQQf*, Ap. MCW, C. 1888. In - W ~~#nnsnts
are young, while this Is wt so for Iq. J., 974, 186. and tne I ~ t M a Mr u m , W Coll. 101,
These results qualitively agree with a Bandlera, R.1 a w h , S. 1991b, In SN gds. R.S. Roger, and f.L Landecker, Cam-
scenario In which the knots am initially 19874 and other SuPemova6 hid* Vniv. PM, New York, p. 205.
at a higher ionization level, which then ings of ESO/EIPC 1W- eds. 1.J- Dm- van den Bmgh, S. Kamw, Yaw.1077, Ap. J.,
decreases with time. However, quantita- ziger and K. 1<1&, p. 661. 218,Blf.
tive conclusEons am beyond the scope
of this discusslon which is still based on
jnoomplete data.

Subarcsecond Structures in Kepler's SNR

We have shown that a spectroscopk Wmw-band frames of Kepler's SMR as possible. In the resulting Image the
survey of apttcal knots, If combined with have been obtained on May 15, 1991, miduals are about 7% Ipeak-to-peak) of
the p m t knowledge on their ~VOIU- using SUSl at the New Technology Tele- the originl stellar images, whHe the see-
tion, can provide a wealth of information scope, during an offlclalrun devoted to ing has been degrad%dto 0.8 arc=.
on the temporal behaviour of the in- imagingand spectroscopyof this object. In order to extract details on the fine
teraction of a blast wave with dense and Here we pmmt images of the most structure of the opticat knots,we dtght-
compact clumps. Therefore. It might conspicuous clusters of optical knots. ly drnutated an unsharpmaskingproce-
represent a useful benchmark for These images are based on a 10-min dure. We convolved the Image with a
theoretical models of this Interaction. exposure frame, taken with a narrow- gaussian function of 1.8 arc= FWHM,
The next step in this programme is to band flher centred on Ha + Iu lies; and added a constant value of I .5 dmes
obtain a complete set of spmra for all the seeing was 0.7 arcs%. the sky backgrrxrnd. We finatly div(cl&
catalogued knots. Intensity information After standard reduction, the stellar the original image by this "mash". The
on many lines would allow one to see continuum has been subtracted using effect of such a procedure Is that of
how physical quantltla, llke densities another 10-min exposure with an m-line depressing the diffuse emission, as welt
and temperaturn, evolve with time. A narrow-band filter, obtained in similar as that of compressing the dynamical
further goal is to discriminate those seeing mnditims. Before stellar sub- range. The dynamlcai compression
specbd features that mostly depend on traction the two pdnt-spread furdons allows us to see at the same time knots
evolutionary phase from those directly have been carefulty equalked, taking that originally were differing in intensity
related to the Intrinsic properties of a care of degrerding the resolution as little even by a factor 100. The mults are
knot, llke original density, size, etc.. ..
A detaHed mapping of the radial ve-
locities of knots Is also planned. With
Repls's SNR we are at p m t in the
paradoxical situation that proper mo-
tions are known In more detail than ra-
dial velocities. These two components,
once combined, will give a &dimension-
1 picture of the kinematics of this ob-
ject. Such a study could provide vdu-
able information on the structure and
possibly also on the nature of thls rem-
The present advanced $tag9 of our
investigdon is mostly due to obsmm-
tions taken at La Sllla. The equipment
present at la Sllla is particularlysuitable
for a completion of the survey with a
wasonably short observing time. Multl-
Object-Spectr~sc~pyfacillule~ t
most suitable for oQtimiring o h w i n g
time when spectra are needed for a
large number of nearby objects. A prl-
vat%instrument (but well integraw in La
Silla environment) like ClGALE Fabry-
Perot scanning Interferometer from
-FU Or1 accretion disk) is located South-
(PA 12Q4 of the infrared cornpan-
Ion, which m a i n s a somewhat myst&
ous, probably protostellar object having
a higher bolomettic luminosity. How-
ever, the binary system alone cannot
CNRS Obsewatdre de Haute-Provence and
European Southern Obsewatoty
3rd ESO/OHP Summer School
account for the large far-infrared flux in Astrophysical Obsswations
origtnatlngfrom the Z CMa region, a fact Obsewatoire ale Haute-Provenee, France,
whlch leads Koresko et aal. to speculate
about the existence of a cool, extended July 15-25,19Q2
Structure sumundlng the binary. The With modem observatories belng moved to ever more remote sibs, fewer
observations m r t e d here meal this and fewer European students have ready access to up-to-date obsewlng
condensation, and &fernonatrate that it Is facllitles. As om step towards balancing thls obviws shortcomhg In the
elongated fn the d i m o n perpendicular training of young European astronomers, tlre ESOmHP Summer School
to the jet. offers the opportunhy to win practical experience under realistic aondttlom.
These observations use COME-ON In groups ofthree students, each gulded by an experienced observer, the
at the Casegrain focus of the ESO 8 6 - participants wlll prepare a small o b ~ t n programme
g to be c m M out with
m telescope, the adaptive optics VLT telescopes of 1.2-1 .Q m aperture (dirW imaging and spectroscopy) at OHP.
prototype described by Rtgaut et al. The data reduction wlll be d m with MIDAS, on-line also wlth IMP. In a micro
(1991 a h ; Astron. A ~ y s y ins press,
. wohhop at the end of the school w h group wlll pmsent the1 results,
and are part of its continued scientific includtng addMaml pertlnent lnformatbn from the literaturn, to the other
use (Eta Carinae: The Msmger W; partldpants.
Ceres: 77w Messer~ger86). The imuglng The preparation of the practical work wlll be supplemented by a series of
camera is a 32x32 lnSb m y with a 90-minute lectures which will be given by Invited specIdM. The subjects
0.108" pixel size on the sky. Standard foreseen include (a) modem Mestope layout, (b)charge-coupled devices, (c)
Image pmesslng is applled and then dmlgn prhciples of high-throughput optlcal instfirmmb, (d) crowded-field
followed by image reconstmdion uslng fh&om&ry, (13)hlgh-rasolution spectroscopy, (fJ taw-resolution and slHl#s
a classical &convolution atgorithrn spedmmpy, (g) astronomical infrared technology, and (h) data-reduction
from the complex vlsiblliies. The de- strategies. As a scientific htghllght, a talk on a m d o g l c d subject is
convolved image at L' = 3.87 pn is foreseen. The working language at Ule summer school will be Engllsh.
shown in figure 1 together whh t h VW- ( K e r n on the two previous ESO/OHP Summer Schools appeared in The
ious components needed to get a re- Mmsengm see- No. #, p. 11 and No. 61, p. 8.)
sonable fit of the visibilities (using ? Appticdions are i n v M from graduate students worklng on an astmnomi-
minimization techniques). We find that cai Ph.0. thesis at an institute in om of the ES0 memher countries. Appllca-
#re masi probable model of thls com- tlon forms can be obtalned from the wganlm. The deadllne by whlch
plex object is indeed a binary system applicattons must have bean received is March 31,1992. A M e r of recorn-
surrounded by an extended, fiatt'ened menmion by a m l o r sclentlst who is familiar with the applicant's work wltl
structure. The positions of the optical be requM at h e same time. Up to dghteen participanbwill be selected and
and Infrared binary compnents were have thelr travel and living expenses fully covered by ESO and OHP.
assumed to be those found in sp&le
work, and the geonwtdc p r o w e s of llte OrgElnhem
the extended structure wete constd- M.P. V h n 0. Bade
e#d as free p m e t w s in order to fit Obsenratolre de Haute-Provmce European Southern Or-y
the observed comptex visibifties. The FOd.870 Saint-Michd-I'O-atoire Karl-Schwamchll&Str. 2
cwtre of the disk-like structure is taken France W-8046 G m l n g , Germany
at the optical batycentre of the b l m y Internet: MIRA@OBSHPADNET. VISAS@ESQ.ORG
at L'. The inferred diameter of the disk- NASA.GoV
like strukture is 0.4 f 0.W. It is

U o w direction is at P.A -
orisnted at PA. 153 f P, whereas the

{dasheddottd line in the insert of Fig-


ure 1). We themfore suspect Wt the

observed disk-l[ke structure, which m
r r t a i ~unresolved in the dimtion para- much lower than that of elther binary objects. They appear mom rromplex
lel to the jet, is in fact a - - d e members; If canfirmed by further work, than antidpahi, as demonstrated by
disk, perpendicular to the oufflowaxis thts may represent either an mission this first direct image of a disk-llke
and surrounding both components of Z h o t In the jet w a stellar object. stfuctum surrounding a Unary (100
CMa R is likely that this large-scale This new r& reWs t h power of A.U.). Further instrumental develop-
disk fuels tbe FU Orionis accretion dlsk the adaptive optics technique to ~ p 1 0 r e ments are under way, including the use
Uaat sumxrnds the vhibfe component the close surroundin@ of young stellar of monographic techdques.
and provides a density gradient in the
flow direction that helps to wllitnate
the jet. In order to get the best possible
fiito the vklbilities, the presence of yet RECTlFlCAfFON
another component must be assumed, The VLT Adaptive Optha Wogrcunme (fhe hssmgw No. 69,p 13)
to account far the relative maximum of The kue value of the incHnatlonoff he w e d rotationaxis of Ceres with respect to
intensity seen on the diffraction ring at the normal to t h ecllptlc
~ plane la 4k89 a d not 20 b 30 as errrmerruay g l w h
P.A. 71)0 (SW insert of n g I). ~n a~ Figurer. M COMBES, 0.SAINT&, ESPA-P~M
brightness of this third component is
Supernova 1987A in the LMC
Almost 5 years after the explosion, this N l T exposure (left) in the Ilght of
Ha was obtain& by €SO astronomers Christian Gouiffes and Maaslmo
Della Valte on December 1,1991.8oth the inner oval nebula and the outer
filaments are clearly visible. The exposure tlme was 10 minutes with a
w i n g of approximately 0.65 am%.
SN 1987A is situated SW of the Tarantula Nebula In a complex region
containing extended emlssion nebulosities.Just south of it is a darker area
of higher absorption, possibly the interstellar cloud In which the young star
SK -6V 202 was formed, some mllllon years ago.
The frame below Is an enlargement of an lNll] image, proceesed to
better show the details of the SN 1987A surroundings.
The small frame at the bottom shows the same area In continuum light,
in a spectral region wlth no emlssion Ilnes, The magnitude of the super-
nova itself has now decreased to about 18, and it has become significantly
falnter than the two stars in the multiple system SK -6V202, in whlch the
brightest star exploded on February 23, 1987.

'Institut fur Astronomie, Vienna,Austria; 2Universitdtsstemwarte Gottingen, Germany

These 'normal' stars are best suited diagram. The most prominent new tools
Probably the most convincing definl- for significant tests for various asp&$ are:
tion for what astwoseismology actually of fundamental stellar physics. Con- preclse distances, measured by the
is, was given by Dappen, Dziembowskl fronting realistic stellar models with Hpparcos satelthe,
and Sienklewlcz (IAU Symp. No. 123, p. high-quality observations will tell us pulsation periods, observed wlth
233,1988) as a method of testing stellar much about the underlaying physics. ground-based telescope networks
structure and evolution theory, uslng J In addition, stars constitute essential and with space experiments,
avallable pulsation data (including also laboratories for studying important as- rotational velocities and magnetic
growth rates, phases, the fact that mode pects of basic physics (convection, fields, derived from surface imaging
exists, and sometimes are transient, MHD, nuclear reactions, equation of techniques,
etc.), and not just observed frequencles. states, transport processes, etc.. . ..) new powerful d e t e r s which help
Asteroseismology probably opens the under conditions which cannot be re- to increase the S/N of obsenrations
accessible parameter space well be- produced in terrestrial laboratories. For significantly,
yond the classical lnstabllii strips, if extremely high and low temperatures dramatic advances in computer
solar-type oscillations can be obsewed and densities, this stellar laboratory is technology.
for a large variety of stars. It has become indispensable for W i n g physical
an increasingly accepted opinion that theories. These are just a few examples
Scientific Goals
pulsation (probably mody In the form of for the significance of stellar physics
non-radial pulsation) is the rule, rather to what may be called laboratory phy- The key Issue of asteroseismology is
than the exception. Unfortunately, the sics. the theory of stellar structure and evolu-
obsewable quantities tend to be ex- Not surprisingly, many international don. In the present status of the theory,
tremely small and new instrumentation conferences have been devoted In re- a stellar model is typically characterized
is needed, for ground-based observa- cent years to heliu- and asteroseismolo- by flve parameters (mass, age, initial
tlons as well as for observations from gy. IAU Colloquium No. 137 (Vienna, compositions In helium and metals, and
space. The prospects, however, are -
Aprtt 13 to 17, 1992) will be d w d , mixing length a parameter describing
magnificent since it appears to be pos- among others, to aspects raised in the the convective transport of energy) for
sible to test stellar Interior and evolution present artlcle and is entitled "Inside the whlch we usually have only two obser-
over most of the parameter space of the Stars". vable~(luminosity and surface gravity).
HR dlagram. Stars where relativistic A short ovewlew over the last 30 Consequently, stelIar models cannot be
effects are not important and whlch years of stellar astrophysics illustrates adequately tested. Moreover, we have
might therefore be classified as 'nor- the immense increase of knowledge some reasons not to trust our descrlp-
mal', will probably serve as most com- about how stars are working, but also tion of stellar Interiors. Let us take two
mon targets for asteroseismology. about the serious shortcomings in our examples.
'Normal' stars are very Interesting as- physical concepts and accuracy of our When ensembles of stars (like open
tronomical objwts In themselves and data. clusters or binary systems) are ob-
certainly are not 'boring'. They play a In the slxties, a very important step In sewed for which independent con-
crucial rote In the chemkal evolution of stellar moddljng was achieved by qual- straints on some astrophysical para-
the Universe. Stars on me Maln Se- itative!~explaining the structure of the meters are available (same age and
quence and close to it are by far the HR diagram at the level of accuracy of same initial composition for each star
most frequent and easily observable in- the observational data. h the late In the ensemble), it Is usualty imposs-
gredients of the Universe. All our under- seventies and in the elghties the de- ible to reproduce the observed prop-
standing of the Cosmos is based on velopment of solar neutrino astronomy erties of the stars with the same val-
caltbratlons (age, distance, mass, etc.) as well as helioseisrnology showed that ue of the mixing length. This may
obtained from our closest neighbours. there is not yet a satisfactory model indicate that the representation of
We will nat be able to appreclate our which can predict the observed quan- convective transport by the mixing
Cosmos untll we fully understand its tities at the very high level of accuracy length theory Is not adequate.
constituent stars. Understanding stellar meanwhile achieved. The immense pro- The obsew6d solar neutrino flux Is
evolution Is fundamental for a coherent gress in this field, accelerated by suc- much lower than expected, which in-
picture of the Universe, because the life cessfut space experiments, suffers from dicates that modelling of the solar
of galaxies largely depends on the life of a tack of generality, as was demon- interior is incomplete.
their basic, luminous constituents: the strated, e.g., at IAU Cdloquium No. 121, Already these two examples demon-
stars. "Inside the Sun". New steps forward are strate that an improvement of stdlar
For many years, astronomers have needed to constrain theories by study- modelting is absolutely necessary. How-
struggled with the problem posed by ing stars wlth different physical parame- ever, such an Improvement is possible
these 'simple' objects, but find them- ters (effective temperature, luminosity, only if adequate tests for current models
selves still far from the goal anticipated chemical composition, rotation rate, can be provided, Asteroseismology is a
by Eddlngton who, In 1926, finished his magnetic flelds, etc.). new tool for this purpose.
book on The Internal Constltutlon of the In the nineties, still more accurate ob-
Stars with the sentence: ". . . but It is servational techniques are being de-
veloped which are sulted to challenge
reasonable to hope that in a not too
distant future we shall be competent to theories in a parameter space more Classical pulsating stars have already
understand so simple a thlng as a star." complex than the two-dimensional HR been known since 1784, when 6 Cephei
Agure 1: S o k pmodes, equatwial cmss Rgure 2: Solar p-modes, qua-/ Cmss ngure 3: Sdar p-modes, equatorla1 c m
section 1-80, m -40. 1-3.175 mHz. section 1-40, m-0, vc3.175 m M . section 1-2,rn-2, v-3.147 m u ,

was discovered as a variable star. It star, and c is the travel s p e d of sound. be measured to a very htgh accuracy In
took nearly 200 mow years to under- For a rotating star, the unpertutBed such a power spectrum: the "larg# and
stand the masons for this type of stellar frequency v,, as obsewed f m the the "smalluseparations. The large ssp-
variability. earth, is f u h e r spllt in a symmetric fre- sratton Av, Is the frequency dierence
Eigenmodes of pulsations cany a quency multiplet according to: between two modes of same degree I,
Wealth of information on the state of the but of quantum numbers n diffel-lng by
tot one. The small sepmtion 6,, Is the fm
Interior of stars. A mode of a glven de- u,,,, = m (1 ot,nl Q ,
QrmIis confinedto a glven cavlty wWn quency difference between mode n, I
h e star. High-dgree modes, llke the with -I< -
m< I, m being an integer, Sa and mode n 1, I+ 2. Itturns out that Av,
one represented In ngures 1 and 2, are the stellar rotatation frequency, and C a depends on the 'average" sound speed
restrictd to sub-surface layers, while constant whlch strongly depends on the In the steIlar interior, and therefore
low-degm modes, as shown in F l g stellar structure. carries information on the "average"
ure3, propagate a!I the way to the In addfllon, the global magnetb fleld structure, while a,,, Is sensitive to the
centre of the star. The Ftgures 1 to 3 are structure of a star also Influences the detalb of the stellar structure close to
quatorial cross &Ions through vi- elgenfrequendes and pulsation am- the core.
brating solar models and have been plitudes. Hence, arnptitude ratios of fre- On# the large and the small separa-
kindly provided by S. Frandsen (Astro- quency multiplets allow to derive Infor- tions have been measured to a high
nomlsk Instltut, m u s ) . Amplitudes of m a t h on this magnetfc field structure. acwracy for a given star, one can, for
the displacement m r s of the solar As is evident, a full mode identlflca- example, locate them In the w-calted
p-modes are colour wdd. Another tlon (n,Iand m)-la necessary in order to astemismologlcal HR diagram, where
Illustration of non-radial pulsation oompare any ~~ pulsation ff& the structure constant Do,proporttonal
modes is given in Weiss and Schnsider quency wlth predictions. For most of the to the small separation, is plottedverws
(h Messenger, No. 33). For dlstant ctasdcal pulsating stars only one pula- the large separation Avo. This diagram
stars, ony tow-degree mode can be tlon frequency has been observed, was Introduced into asteroselsmology
detected because of the lack of spatial sometimes two, v e ~ yrarely three fie by J. Chrlstensen-Dalsgaard (Aarhus). In
resolution, Fortunately, these modes are quencles. Frequently, the observed f#- such a diagram (Fig. 5), llnes of constant
precisely those that probe the structure quench do only poorly m r ~ p o n to d mass (full llnes) and llnes of constant
from surface to centre. those predicted hy models. The solutbn central hydrogen content (dashed lines)
The roots of astermisrnology are, of to #Is dlscmpancy fs oflen p m n t e d can be drawn. The central hydrogen
course, the same as for the theory of by an unknown full mode identiflcatbn. content Is an excellent age Indicator. By
classical pulsating stars. Thls can be placing the measured large and small
best i!lumated In the wymptotic case,
when ttw degm Iof a pulsation mode ia -
Asteroselsrnotogy a New Tool
separations In the asteroseismological
HR diagram, one can derive wkh a good
much smaller than the ordor (overtone) In a s t ~ 1 s m o l o g ythe analyds of accuracy the mass and age of a star.
of this pubation n. Tasswk (9980) has the stellar structure wlll not be based on Funher diagnostics Is provided in an
derived sn asymptotic solution for the observation of one or two fr@quen- 'echdle' diagram (Fig. Q in which the
p-modes: cies, but on a frequency spectrum frequencies are plotted moduto Avo,
whlch allows the determination of The curvature of the linm appearing In
characteristic pepiodk structum within an echelte diagram (one line for each
wch a spectrum. No individual mode value of 1) is very sert.sltrve to the detalls
idwrtrfieatbn la necessary in this case. of the structure just M o w the stellar
With .JnJ =,*I and The klnd of results we can expect for surface. Thus, low-degree modes can
distant stars are Illustrated by the full also be used to probe thme regions.
disk aolar power spectrum obtained by Finatly, and as was already men-
the lphlr exprimem on bawd the tioned, a further dependence of the fre-
Phbos probe towards Mars (Fig. 4). In quencies on the alrnuthal ordw rn is
The plytropic index of the model is -
this power spectrum of the Sun seen Intraduced when a star rotates, known
2e,whereas a and 8 are constants de- as a star -, we can distinguish up to 30 as the rotational splitting. Thls splming
pending on the internal structure of the low-degrw modes. Two quantttia can depends on the Integral of the internal
spectral resolution and the high S/N
ratio required. They are also llmited
to very slow rotators, because sharp
spectral lines are needed to reach
the desired accuracy. Unfortunately,
slow rotators are not the most Inter-
esting objects to study (no measur-
able rotational splitting, not efficient
dynamo),and therefore the first class
of methods should be prefetred for a
systematic study.
Although we are concentratlng here
on 'normal' stars. it has to be mentioned
that more exotlc objects, like whlte
dwafls and nuclei of planetary nebulae,
have knefmed enormously from as-
In concludon we can say that as-
teroselsmology Is a powerful tool to
probe the Internal structure and dy-
namics of stars, and therefore to contri-
bute to the solution of the current basic
problems of stellar physics by providing
two Independent obsewables (Avo and
2400 2800 2000 8000 9200 3400 3800 3800 8,3, However, as current stellar evolu-
Frequ-cg (*I tion theories characterize a star by flve
independent parameters (mass, initial
Figure 4: Power spectrum of the /ow-- p-modes from 160 days oT the IPHIR experiment. mass fraction of Helium (Y) and metals
@, age and mlxlng length), additional
data have to be provided for a full test of
rotation over the region crossed by the amount to only 104 mag. for typical stellar interior and evolution models.
mode under consideration ([.em for most solar-type stars. Aa will be shown Hitherto, In most cases only the effec-
of the stars the low-degree modes), and later, photometric measurements tive temperature and luminosity can be
hence can provide an estimate of the down to this accuracy are not p088i- measured, accounting for two further
internal rotatlan. ble from the ground. Independent parameters, out of the total
Seismological techniques have been Veloclty fluctuations induced by the of flve needed.
applled extensively to the Sun, and pulsations: Thesg are of the order of
helloseismology has brought an enor- 10 cm 8' for solar-type stars, and Scienttfic Impact of Asteroseis-
mous amount of Information about the this type of measurements represent mology
solar interior. Among other results, It an Important technological chal- In the following sections we will try to
was shown that solar p-mode frequen- lenge, not totally w t of soope, highlight the most prominent aspects of
cies are not compatible with praently though. However, these measure- stdlar physics which will beneflt and -
assumed care mlxlng, with the exis- ments are Ilmited to only a few very have already benefitted - from as-
tence of Weakly lnteractlng Masslve bright objects, because of the high temelsmological projects.
Partlctes (WIMPS), that there is no fast
sptnnlng core In the Sun,and that solar
internal rotation Is not constant on cylin-
ders, as suggested by some theories.
For other sotar-type stars on the con-
trary, only very few results have been
obtained so far. In fact, only marginal
detection of pulsation has been claimed
for two very bright slow rotators (Gelly,
Grec, Fossat. 1986, A s h n . Astrophys.
,164, 383): a CMI (Procyon) and a Cen
(f(igil Kent). In the respective power
spmra for the radlal velocity variations,
no clear evidenm for Avo and
emerge and therefore no retiable Infor-
mation can be extracted about the Inter-
nal structure of these two stars.
Thls lack of clear asteroseismologlcal
results Is caused by the extremely low
signal that must be detected In the case
of, e.g., solar-type stars. Two obaenr-
able quantities can be used for as-
0 50 100 200 250
Brishtness fluctuations induced by
t h e pulsations: These fluctuations ngum 5: m astwawismo\crgical HR Magram.
lodty gradient, and a hint on the rota-
tlonal shear at the base of the con-
W ~ o zone,
i 0

Asteroselsmology at La Silla
Already since the early stages of as-
teroseismology ESO has granted tele-
scope time to various projects In this
fiekl. In the following we can only glue a
very brief summary which wlll be biased
towards our own activity and Is based
malnly on after-dlnner 'shop tdalks' at La
Silla. We apologize for being Ignorant of
other impodant projects.
One group of stars which contdbuted
to the boom In asteroseismology is the
group of pulsating magnetic CP2 stars,
also called, but less precisely. rapidly
oscillating Ap (roAp) stars. Soon after
the discovery of the first member of this
OBSERVATIONS group wlth periods of about 10 minutes
by Don Kurh: (South Africa) in 1979,
conffrmhg observations were gathared
at La Sllla wlth the 50-cm Danish tde-
scope in Strhgren and Hp colours. The
I I I L 1 I 1 full story Is already told In The
Messenger, No. 33.
0 20 40 60 80 100 120 In the beginning of the sightie, some
SHIFTED FREQUENCY (pHz) surveys had already been initiated to
check CP2 stars for stability against 8
Scuti type pulsation with few hours
period. Our suruey at La Silla, e.g., is still
ongoing and uses mainly small tete-
Stettar interior: For Individual stars, mode ~xcitation,and as a con* scopes (SO-crn telescopes, 0.9-rn Dutch
as mentioned above, we usually have quance on our understanding of stel- telescope and the f -m ESO telescope).
2 obbservables: the absolute lumlnos- lar convection. The recently descoped Walraven photo-
ity, which can now be known to a Angular momentum distriMion and meter proved to be particularly useful,
high accuracy thanks to the Hippar- fransport: The probim of angular because it allowed to obtain simulta-
cos satellite, and the surfam gravity, momentum is among the most Im- neous bcolour data. The potential of
known to a much lower accuracy. portant in stellar physics. The issue b multicolour information on mode iden-
The mode frequencies provided by to understand how stars get rid of tificatbn Is illustrated In The Messengw,
the asteroseIsmologioal data will their initial angular momentum, how No. 34, p. 9. Furthermore, Matthews,
yletd additional obsembles to test angular momentum is distributed Wehlau and Walks (Astrophys. J. Len;,
stellar models. In particular, the large and Is transported in stellar interiws 366, MI) have shown that such obser-
and the small separatims will be during a sW1s life. Providing an esti- vations, supplemented by data from the
measured to a very high accuracy. mate of Internal rotation through ro- IR, allow to derive the atmaspheric tm-
These two observables are directly tational spliings and a measure- perature stretiflcatlon, The first observa-
senJtIve to the detalls of internal ment of surface ratation through ob- tions of roAp stars In the near IR have
structure, while the usual obsarv- served rotational modulation of white also been obtained at ta Silla.
ables are surface properties of the light as well as of UV lines wlll give a La Slla usually plays an important role
stars and are only Indirectly sensftlve hint &bout angular momentum dis- in &sewlng campaigns orgsnlred to
to the Internal structure. tribution wlthin stars. The differences obtain long and uninterrupted data sets
Stellar evelullon: Wlth the availabl4lty seen between stars of d i i t ages which are not affected by the day-night
of very preclse frequency measure- will tell us how angular momentum is cycIe. Several such carnpalgns have
ments it will be possible to detect transported during stellar evolution. already been successful for various
stellar evolution effects even withln Dynarmo theories: The mode fm 8 Scuti (9.g. M. Breger With Bochum
an active life time of a scientist. This quencles and the separatbns pro- observers) and roAp stars.
has bwn Investigated, among vide an estimate of stellar a p s and The observations 05 solar-type oscil-
others, for white dwarfs by D. Wlng- masses. The frequencies and sep tations of Procyon and a Cen, men-
et,for roAp stars by St. Kawaler, and arstions, with the addition of mode tioned earlier In this artlcle, have been
for 8 Scuti stars by M.Breger. amplitudes and life-times, will result obtained by the Nice group prirnarlly at
Excitation and convection: Convec- h constraints on the structure of La Silla. Other very Important actlvitles
tlon is thought to be ~ n s i b l for e convective zones, Moreover, as indi- In astwo58ismology are currently ongo-
mode excFtatlon In solar-type stars. cated prwlousty, the slmdtanmus ing at the Danish 1.5-m telescope,
Therefore, measuring mode am- estimates of Internal rotatlon (rota- where S. Frandsen (Aarhus) and his col-
plitudes and life-times of stars of dif- tional spltttlngs) and of surface rota- leagues investigate various ctusters of
ferenttypes and ages will have a very tion (rotational modulation) will pro- diirent age for 6 Scuti stars. The
Important Impact on the theories of ulde an estimate of the angular ve- Geneva group has amurnulated and
publfsheda lot of data related to micro- llw elimination of atmospheric nolse In order to avoid a poor target choice.
variability, 6 ScuN, p Cephel and RR Lyr and the posslbllitles of very long, con- Photometric problems may arise from
variables. Slmlkr holds true for the tinuous data strings wlth a large duty even very faint background sources
Lelden group, using the famous Watra- cycb are the main reasons. One such which dm In and out of h e photometer
ven photometer. Very probably, this list asteroseismological space experiment aperture due to satellite jitter. To our
of photometric and spectr~cwicpro- is already approved for the Swjet surprise, there are presently no data ar-
jects carried out at La Silk 1s hcom- MARS-94 probe and has the acronym chives available which would allow M
plets, but yet suited to illustratethe sig- EVRIS. The other space project, more extract the required astromdrlc and
nificance of the excellent ESO site for versatile, elaborate and powerful, Is photometric Informationfor EVRIS. As a
&eroseismology, as well as for the Im- presently h Phase A study at ESA and Is consequence, all the candtdate target
p o r t and ~ ~ effectivity of small and called PRISMA (Probing Rotation and fields have to be carefully observed In
medium sized telescopes. "Blg Sci- Interlor of Stars: Micrcrvarlabilltyand Ac- various colwrs wlth CCD techniques.
ence" not always dmands "Big Tele- tivlty). This synergy between space- and
soopm", As already shown earlier In this article, grotlnd-basd obsewations Is another
Flnally, we would like to brlefdy touch supplementing ground-based obsem- example for the necessity to develop
on our future projects at la Silla wlated tions are mandatory for a fulI exploita- both and not to ignore one at the expen-
to asteroseismology, In addition to con- tlon of the scientific potential of as- ses of the other.
tlnulng our survey and participating in teroseismology. In the case of N I S ,
wotld-wide obsetving campaigns. bask stelhr data of sufficlent accuracy, Words of thanks: Many colleagues,
As has been clearly demonstrated by Ilk8 effective temperature, log g and ImposJble to llst all here, have contri-
a recent ESA Assessment Study for pro- luminosity are missing for many EVRlS buted to this article through discus-
ject PRISMA ( E M SCI (91) 5, as- target stars. Furthermore, a careful in- sions, cooperations and contributions.
teroseismology will anter a new em, If vestlgation of the Immediat8 vicinity of WWW is particularly grateful to the
observattons can be done from space. the very bright target sstar is necessary teams of EVRlS and PRISMA.

Multi-Wavelength Observations of Infrared-Bright

Carbon Stars
'AstronomicalInstitute 'AntonPannekoek ', Amsterdam, the Netherlands
%RON, Laboratory for Space Research, Groningen, the Netherlands

gy distribution they calculated infrared Using average bolometric corrections

1. Introduction
bolometric corrections. Distances were for each group the infrared-complete
The carbon star phase is one of the derived assuming Mbd--4.9, corres- sarnpte was transformed into a volume-
last phases of evolution of Intermediate ponding to L=7050 to. From available complete one, The scale height of car-
mass stars (1-8 solar masses). Carbon CO data mass-loss rates were calcu- bon stars is found to be I90 pc and their
stars reside on the Asymptotic Giant lated for about 80 stars in their sample. local space density equals 185 kpC3.
Branch (AGB) In the Hertzsprung- The sample was divided into five From the ealcutated space densities
Russell dlagram. The carbon is pro- groups depending on their Infrared of carbon stars in each group relative
duced in thermal pulses, short periods properties, extending the classification timescales are derived. Adopting a
of explosive He-shell burning, and of carbon stars of Willems and de Jong Ilfetime of 20,000 years for group II stars
transportedto the surface by convective (1988). Group I stars show the silicate from model calculations, Graenewegen
mixing. Many of the physical processes feature in their LRS spectra, possibly et atafind a total lifetlme of the carbon
that play a role in the formation and because they are very recently formed star phase of about 26,000 years, un-
evolution of carbon stars are still poorly carbon stars. Since none of the known certain to a factor 2. The total mass lost
understood, e.g. the production and Group I stars is bright enough to have during the carbon star phase equals
dredge-up of carbon, the origin and made it into the sample they will not be about 0.04 h h ~This
. number is uncer-
evolution of the mass loss. Here we dicussed further. Group II stars have a tain to a factor 5, a factor 2 arising from
briefly report on an observational study pronounced 60ym excess, high near- the uncertalnty in the llfetime of group II
of infrared-bright mrbon stars, infrared temperatures, small bolometric stars and a factor 2.5 arising from the
In a recent paper Groenewegen et al. correction and low mass-loss rates. uncertalnty In the mass-loss rates. For
(1991) have studied an infrared-com- They probably turned into a carbon star an adopted average white dwarf mass
plete sample of bright carbon st= con- quite recently and their excess at 60-prn of 0.65 Mo this imples that most stars
taining all 109 carbon stars wlth is due to a cool circumstellar shell, prob- are already of low mass when they turn
S12>100 Jy in the IRAS PSC. This sam- ably the oxygen-rich remnant of the pre- Into carbon stars, probably around
ple is more complete than others prevl- ceding high mass loss phase. From 0.69@ and certainly less than 0.85 Ma.
ously studied in that both optical and group 111 to V the mass-loss rate of car- The location of the 109 stars in the
Infrared carbon stars are included. bon stars steadily increases, and as a IRAS colour-colour diagram Is shown In
Uslng near-infrared photometry from consequence the near-infrared temper- Figure 1. The cdours C2,=2.5 Iog(%S/
the literature they derived near-infrared atures decrease and the bolometric SI2)and C32=2.5 log(S&Szd are indi-
colour temperatures and from the ener- corrections Increase. catecl along the axes. As discussed
the 22-m telescope as well as HCN
(1-0) data from the SEST.
ln section 2 we present the data ob
t a l d for three stars in our sampIe for
w h i i we obtained N1R photometry and
CVF spectra as well as CO and HCN
data. They are 08074-3615 (a group IV
star), 11318-7258 (group ill) and
13477-8532 (group lv. Several ob-
sewed pwamtw Ilk9 galactic lon-
gbde and latitude, cotour-corrected
IRAS fluxes, Gal and CS, LRS classifh-
tion and VAR index am listed in fable 1.
In sections 3 and 4 we derive mass-loss
rates from the 00 line proRIes and fit the
energy distribution using a radiative
transfer model. The results are briefly
dlscussad in section 5.

z me Data
Near-infrared photometry was ab-
tained an February 17-18,1#1 at the
€SO 1.Om telescope and on February
25-28 at the ESOIMPI22-m telescope.
We wed the standard INSB photometer
with apertures of 15" and 8" and a
throw of 20" and 15" at the 1.Om and
2.2-m, respectively. Standard stars
were observed from ths list af Eouchet
et al, (1881). The reduction was done at
La Sllla uslng the reduction programme
written by P. Bouch&. The results are
given in Table 2.
The 3-pm spectra were obtained at
the 2.2-m telescope with a Circular Varl-
able F l k r w h d . A f l a observing a pro-
gramme star, a nearby standard star
Figure I :Theiocrltlwr of-
70s c&un s m In the I- c o t w r - c o l o ~ a d iIn~ the
. tPp low was oobserved. We used the standard
~ t h e ~ ~ d h n ~ ~ d ~ n t o t h e dln t~ h ne mt - et h ~e u f ~reduction
g ~ Mnique of dlvidlng the
tot& srlmpb & plow. 7M &Id Hne Micat& the h t i m ofthe W a C W I~I-w. source sparurn by the standwd star
spectrum and then multiply either by the
above, avaltabb new-infrared (NIR) data To study the group IV and V stars assumed blackbody temperature of the
were used to catculah bdometrlc in more Wtl we had s w d obsewing standard w the known mntlnuumflux In
oormt10ns and CO data to calculate runs at La SiHa In the beginning of case of G-dwatfs (Koomrwef, f 983).Ab-
mass-loss rates. Seamhing In the litera- 1991. Optlcal fd, R, I) photom(etry was solub calibration was achieved by
ture we naticd that existing o h r v a - obtained at the 1.5-m Danish tele- adopttng a K magnitude for the stan-
tlons are biased agafnst inkared carbon m p e , MIR photometry at the Im0-nl dard, The standard stars used with their
stars (groups IV and V). For example, and 2.2-m telescopes and CO data at adopted magnitudes are listed h
NIR data existed In the literature for 14 the SEST. Table2. The c a l i b W spectra we
out of the 15 group II stars, but 10 out of One of the purposes of tha ob~rving shown In Ffgure 2.
48 group IV stars (-20 %) did not have nrns was to confirm that same of our All three $tars show the charamstic
NIR photometry. Wewise far the CO stars were indged &sfars.Many of carbon star feature at 3.1 pm attributed
data. For group 11 stam, 13 out of 16 the inffared e o n stars d i h y the sill- to photospheric HCN and CeHp (Ridg-
have hmeasured In either CQ(1-O) con &Me (Siq feature In thelr LRS way at al., 1978). For I 1318-7253 this IS
or GO@-I), for group W this Is only 29 spectra, but some have an almost fe& not surprising since R Is a known optical
out of 48. With regard to optical pho- tureks LRS spectra (the g m p V ob- carbon star ( C 3 W in Stephenson's
tom* the artuatlon Is even worse. l 3- jects) or are misclasstfled Ln the LRS 1989 catalogue of carbon stars) with an
cept for the well-known d o n stw CW atlas. Therefore, we obtained CVF spec- 1 W LRS clasmcation of 44. for
tea none of the group IV and V stars tra wound 3 pm for a number of stars at 08Q74-3615 and 13477-6532 t k e ob-
m s to have been measured at o p t i d
wavehngths. There seems to be a mls-
conceptionthat l n f -&on ~ ~ stars [or Table 1: Qsnsral parameOers
In general Infrared AGB stars) hsve no
Optical counterpart. However, dof
these 'ohcurad' stars (usually AFGL
sources) have been idmttfid (e.g.
Lebofsb and Kieinrnann, 1976, Allen t3t
d., I G n , Cohen and Kuhl, 1977).
T&le 2: NIR photmehy and a p e c t ~ t a u n ~
Name H K
- J
- - L
- M
- Standard*
- K-nIag.
08074-3615 -
18.7 f 0.7
9.m 10.02
9.78 f 0.05
4-51 f 0.04
4.57 lt 0.02
2,78 k 0,05 HR 3842 3.39
2.92 f0.04
11318-7256 5-11 f 0.04 3.12k0.08 1.52SO.08 -0.47k0.05 -0,73*0.05 HR 4523 3.32
3.00f042 1.4B f 0.01 -0.47 f 0.02 - 0.89 f 0.03
10.3Bf 0.07 7.28 k 0.08 2.91 k0.03 4 .W f 0.03 HR SW -1.51
N o k I f t w o r n M e e a r e g f v e n , V l e t o p r o w d t # t i t o ~ f r w n t h e 2 . ~ - m ~ a n d f h e b o t t w nbtk
row 1 ~ ~ A w r l p n I n d l c a b e s a n ~ v a k o e

sewations establish their carbon star

nature. They have not been c ~ l f i e das
optical carbon stars before. Their LRS
classifications are 22 and 04, although
visual lnspectmn of the LRS spectrum
revealed weak emission around 11 pm.
The SEST data were taken on March
24-26, 1991. We d two Schottky
receivers with the wide-band AOS back-
end. The main beam efficiencies and
HPBW (half power b a r n width) at
88.8 (HCN(1-O)), 115.3 (CO(1-0)) and
230,s (CO(2-1)) G k were 0.76 (58"),
0.71 (447, 0.50 (23") respmiwly. The
velocity resolution at 115 GHz wets
1.81 km/s. The W(2-1) data were - J
smoothened to give the &me resoiu-
tlon. lhe pointing was found to be accu-
rate within 10". Calibration was done by
a standard chopping whwl technique,
switching between the sky and an am-
blent load. Unear h e l i n e s were sub-
@ -
11310-7258 -
tracted. The spectra were obtained us-
ing dual beam switch mode with a throw
of 11-5'.The s-ra are displayed In
8 - -
Flgure3. The derived parametem are
given in Tabb 3 where we list the rrns
noise temperature, the velocity with re- 7 - -
spect to the local standard of rest, the
expansion velocity as measured as hatf
the full wldth at zero intensity, the peak 8 - -
temperature and the inte- Intensity
under the line. The velocities are in km/s •
and the temperatures are In K ex-
pressed as main barn temperatures.
IRAS 08074-3615 was detected af
5 - : : : 1 : : : : 1 : : : : ; t : : : .
COII-0) by Zuckerman and Dyck
(1gag), Their peak temperatureof 0.20 K
8 - -
oompaws well to our value. They quote
an expansion vdodty of 17.3 km/s
whlch is smaller than ours. They did not e m . .

publish the spectrum so we cannot 0 - -

comment on the dlfbrencs. The HCN 3 I

(1-0) transition was detected by Lucas

> m .

et al. (1988) with an intensity of 9.2 K L *

kmrs. Agaln, no spectrum was pub- #
* *
lished. IRAS 11318-7256 was Endepsn- " ; ! -
dently detected recently by Myman et al. 2
(1991) In CO(1-0) with a peak tempera-
ture (0,17 K) and intensity If K kds)
which are very similar to our values.
Our measurema of CO(2-1) and
HCN(1-0) In 11318-7258 and C0(1-0),
i 3.2 3.4
W(2-1) and HCN(1-0) In 13477-6532 WAVEMdTH (Cc)
are ell new detections. Flgure 2: ??183vun CVF spectm of the #me sfam dIseuSSBd hem,
oursdves to simple rZdensity laws un-
3.The Analysis 4. A RadiathreTransfer Model less otherwise mentioned, The pro-
The NIR and CO data am used to Combining the NIR data with the IRAS gramme simultaneously solves the
determine bolometric corrections and data, we have observations of the most radiative transfer equation and the ther-
mass-loss rates In a way Identical to important part of the spectral energy mal balance equation for the dust. me
Groenewegen et al. (1991) to which we dlstdbutlon (SED). Since these stars are inner radlus is determined by the model
refer for detalls. fairly red, their energy output In the optl- to equal the adopted dust temperature
Distances were determined from cal is instgnficant. In this section we at the Inner radlus, whlch is an input
the obsglved bolometric flux using present the results of radiative transfer parameter. The outer radlus Is deter-
MbDI=4.9&=7050 LO), the mean value calculations attempted to fit the ab- mined from the condition that the dust
observed for carbon stars in the LMC sewed SED as well as the LRS spec- temperature at the outer radius is 20 K.
(Frogel et al., 1980). trum. Other input parametem are the expan-
Near-Infrared coIour temperatures We used the model of Grosnewegen sion velocity of the clrcumstellar shell
were derived by flttlng a blackbody to and de Jong (1992). ThIs model allows and the mass-loss rate, both assumed
the J, H, K, L, M magnitudes. Mass-loss for timadependent mass-loss rates and for the moment to be constant, the ab-
rates were determined from the CO line radius-dependent velocity laws, In the sarptlon coefficient Q which Is assumed
profiles as discussed by Groenewegen catculations presented below we restrict to be a mix of AC amorphow carbon
et al. The results are displayed In
Table 4 where we Ilst near-infrared cot- Table 3: CO and HCN data
our temperature, total observed flux at
earth, bolometric comtions with re- Name Transltim , ,T VMR Vmp T m (w 1 (K k d S l
spmt to the colour-corrected IRAS 12
km magnitude (BCrp), the distance in 08074-3615 0.042 10 21 0.24 5.6 i0.2
kpc and the mass-loss rate. These val-
COP-1) 0.11 - - <4.aa
HCN(1-0) 0.012 14 -18 0,080 1.20f 0.03
ues supercede the data listed for these
stars in Tables 2 and 5 of Groenewegen
11318-7256 CO(1-0) 0.028 -8 32 0,18 7.2 k0.7
CO(2-1) 0.082 2 28 0.52 21 f 1.0
et al. Note however that due to the HCN(14) 0.025 5 28 0.22 8.9 f 0.8
radiative transfer rnodelllng discussed 13477-6532 CO (1-0) 0.042 -43 19 0.36 9.9 f 0.3
below and the numerical uncertainty in CO(2-I) 0.14 -44 15 0.70 14.6f1.0
calculathg the observed Rux at earth, HCN(1-0) 0.012 --40 - 0.048 0.9 f 0.1
the flnal values for these quantities are
Note. h i v e d froan V, Tm




la IIBlB-rnl

P 1.0

$ or


3 0s
t 6 10 no 100 10 i6 m
trl A bl
Observed and predicted spectral energy dlstrJbuths and M S spectra. For details of LhB model pametem see text.

(Bussoletti et at., 1987') and Sic

(Pegourte 1988) and the dust-to-gas
model prediction. The same scale factor
was applied to the other lRAS fluxes. and d = 2.07,
d = 0.70, 6l 4.90 10" (11318-7256)
= 3.3 104
ratla yl which will be the main Indepen- This is jwtifted because the predicted (13477-6532).
dent variable. Mlnor Input parameters Car C32and C43colours hardly depend The results of some radlatlve ealcula-
are tha grain size a, assumed to be on the optical depth and Wir variation tlons are gathered in Figure 4 where in
0.03 p and the rain denalty Q, assumed is much less than the error in the ob- the left panel the observed NlR mag-
to be 3.3 glcm The shape of the spee- sewed mlours due to the uncertainty in nltudes, ths 3 pm spectrum, the IRAS
trum, for a flxed temperature at the inner the IRAS fluxes. The LRS s w u m was data and the tRS spectnlm is plotted
radius, Is solely determined by the scaled in such a way that the long together with the model fits and In the
optical depth at some reference wavdengtfr part fir1 8 lr) fitted the right panel the o b s e ~ e dLRS spectrum
wavelength. model. It proved necessary to comct and the fits (the full Ilnes). It should be
the observed 1RAS fluxes of noted that we did not attempt to fH the
08074-361 5, I 1318-7256,13477-6532 3-pm s w m .
by -55 %, +13 % and -17 48, respec- The parametersof the mdds am col-
tively. The largest m e d o n Is lected in Tables, whew the assumed
The temperature of the central star mxssary for the IRAS s o w with the mass percentage of SIC and the
was assumed to be 2500 K. Thls choice highest variability flag. Because a assumed temperature at the Inner
Is not critical as long as most of the change in the IRAS fluxes changes the radius am listed. Derived parameters
radiation is reemitted in the infrared. The integratedflux at earth and therefore the are the inner and wter radius Qnstellar
stellar radius was fixed at 447 RQ. distance (for a flxed luminosltyj and radli), the optical depth at 0.5 pm and
Because the lRAS souroes are vari- mass-loss rate we recalculated both the dust-to-gas ratio.
able with unknown periods, the NIR and quantities, The final values are d-3.04 In the case of 11318-7256 we also
lRAS data cannot be expected to have kpc, = 5.6 10" Mdyr (08074-361 5); calculated models with lower values of
been taken at the same phase. There-
fore we pmeeded In the foUawing way.
The optical depth r was chang6d In fable 4: Some &Wed parameters
such a way as to flt the NIR data. Then
the 25-pm flux was scald to fit the Name F ( 1 ~ "W/m2) 3CI2 D (kpc) h(fd~/@@
- - -
T* (K)
- - -
08074 -361 5 490 0.54 8.53 2.0 2.5 (-5)
'w l y we rnultlpndthe C-uduw of msdettl d 13318-7256 1294 5.m 6.54 0.63 3.9 (-6)
al. by a factor of 5 to let thelr rewb agm with
t h m of Kolke st sl. 1#0.
13477 6532 588 0.66 8.14 185 1.6 (-5)
a factor 2 over the past 3300 years
(dotted line). One cannot disthguish be-
tween these three possibjlltles on the
basis of the fits in F~ure 5. R has been
advocated that the detection of HCN
emission is a sufficient criterlum to idw-
tlfy optically invisible carbon stars.How-
ever, oxygen-rich stars have also been
detected in HCN. From Undqvkt et al.
(1888) we derive that the mean of #e
d o I(HCN)/I(CqI 4))In their 10 oxy-
gen-rich stam wlth detected HCN Is
0.12 and the maximum value *wed
is 0.26. The same ratio In our stars is
0.23, 1.24 arld 0.09 respecdvely. This
means that solely on the basis of HCN
emission, in 2 out of 3 cases the eonfir-
Rgure 5: The l o n g - ~ pmt ~ hof the specbvm of 11318-7256 for the standard mation as carbon stars could not have
(WM Ihe) and for mad& with r e d m absorpfiv/ty (dash& line), w d a h ~ R S Sloss (dotted been made. We suggest that the pres-
/lm)and smllw outer radlus (dot-dashed line). ence of the 3.3 prn fature Is a more
suitable artan star identiffcation mark
than the HCN/CO ratio.
T.,I Only values >I300 K give good seem to be two broad features: one
fits. A mixture of 40 % Sic and 60 % between 7.5 and 10 prr~and the other
amorphous cahon can explaln the fea- between 10 and 12.5 pm. The latter Acknowledgements
ture at 11.3 pm fairly wdl. feature seems to be too bmad to be
For 08074-361 5 and 13477-8532 explaind in terms of Sic. The research of MQ is suppwted
only pure amorphous carbon models The feature between 7.5 and 10 w, under grant 782-373430 by the Nether-
are shown because we could not get a peaking at 8.6 pm Is most purzling. lands Foundation for Astronomical Re-
satisfactory flt of the broad feature be- Wlllems (1988) discovered an uniden- search (ASTRON), which receives its
tween 10 and 123 pm wlth the SIC of trfied feature at 8.6 prn in the spectra of funds from the Netherlands Organiza-
Pegourie. Furthermore, there is evi- group II stars. He did not flnd it in group tion for ScfmMc Rh- (NWO).
dence In both stars for emission be- 111 stars (asistent with 11318-72561,
tween 7.5 and 10 w. which haw thicker circumstallar shdls. Refemnm
Now we find a feature at 8 6 pm In group Allen D.A. HylmdAR., longmore AJ., Cm-
IV stars. with even thicker shells. Is this Wl J-L, Goss W.M., Haynes R.F., l g n
5. Discussion feature (see also Baron et al.. 1987) re- 4 . J . 217,108.
We presented NlR photometry, spec- lated to me feature in group I1 stars? Baron Y., de Mukon M., Papoular P.,
trophotometty and W C N data for In all three cases our model predicts Pegoutia B., 1987, Astrontron
three carbon stars from the infrared- tw much Rux at 60 and 100 pm. We Bwchet P., Manfmld J., Schrnidw F.-X.,
1991, ESO mint 748.
complete carbon star sample of consider fwr posslbllities: (1) the en- BuWetti E., Colangeli L,Borghest A, Om-
G r m w e g e n et a]. (1991). Assuming a v e l w is resolved by the IRAS beam, E2) flni V., 1987, A&m. As-. Suppl. 10,
mean luminosity of 7055 0 we derive the outer radlus is smaller, (3) a stgepsr 257.
distances and mass-loss rates. Using a emissivtty law and (4) a lowm m a d o s s C m M., Kuhi LV., t%7, PAW 89,829.
radiative tmnsfer model we derive dust- rate in the past. Fwel J A , Persson 8E., Cohen J.G., 1980,
to-gas ratios of Y==0.0007(==1/1600). The 100-prn emission comes mainly &J. 2m,495.
The main uncertainty In this value is tha from the region with dust temperatures Qrwwsgen MAT., de Jong T., van der
absolute value of the absorptivity. When -30 K whlch is at about 21,000 stellar Blkk N S , 8iJkhuisS., Willems F.J., 7391,
the mass-toss rates are cdculated from radii oorrespondlng to W dlameter at a Aohr. A s m * . In p r a .
Oroenewegm MAT., de Jong T., 1992, in
CO data (1.e. -Da) and for fixed dm- distance of 0.7 kpc. The IRAS beam et
tive temperatures, Y scales with D'] I00 pm was roughly 100" so tfw shell is preparation.
J u M,,
~ 3980, &J. 303,327.
or LO", so the assumed luminosity is probably not resolved.
To investigate the other possibilities
Kdke C., W a w a H., Manabe A, iQW,
not a major source of uncertajnty. The Ap,d ss6?, 495.
we calculated three additional models
dust-to-gas ratio we derive C a factor of
2 lower than usually quoted (0.0013 for for 11318-7256 with (a) a smaller outer
our value of n(60 Ir) = 520 cm2 g-' ,Jura radlus (rod, 500Q R*; the dot-dashed
1986) but recently Sahai (19W, using a Hne in Fig. 51, (b) an emissivity law Qb -
Kuomnmt J., 1W3, Ask#, ktmphp. $28,
Labofsky MJ., Kleinmmn S.G., 1976, A.J.
81, 534,
self-consisterrt CO modd for U Cam for h >40 ym (dashed line) and (c) a Undqvlst M., Nyrnan LA., Olofsson H.,Wnn-
finds V c 0.00015. Analysis af other mass-loss rate which increased by berg A, 1988,Astron, Aslrophp. 206, L15.
e n stars also tndicatelow dust-to-
gas &tw (Sahal, 1091). Tabb 5: Radiatlw Mmfwmode/ m e f e m
With regard to the broad-band Name In Figure4 Percentage T I rcna- r~d V
features in the LRS spectrum we Sic (N [R*) (R*)
showed that in the case of the optically
visible group Ill star 11318-7256 a 08074-5B15 solidtine 0 000 9.67 53200 28.8 0.00088
satisfactory fit could be obtaintad with a 11318-7256 line 0 1800 I . 50400 7.62 0.00085
mixture of 40 % SiC and 60 % amor- dotted line 40 1800 1.68 55400 8.01 D.ODiW
phous carbon. In the case of the two
1w7-7256 mltdline 0 1000 7.20 36000 20.7 0.00072
dotted Bne 0 1300 4.42 35400 28.0 0 . W
infrared carbon stars of grwp IV thsre
hm R., Q d l l ~ t e aS.. Omont A, l w ,
Astmn. Amqhp.104,230.
Nyman LA, Booth R.S., CWstrpm U., Hab- Astronomy from Large Databases II
Ing H.J., Hake A, Omont A, S a M R., Strasbourg Observatory- 14- I 6 September 1992
Stark R, van der Vwn W.E.CJ., Win-
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Surface Imaging of W Ursae Majoris Contact Binaries
OsservatorioAstronomico di Roma, Italy;
*!nstitut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, France;
tory and Astrophysics Laboratory. University of Helsinki, Finland

envelope. This cannot be performed mass transfer is a direct consequence of

The W UMa type binarles are contact without taking into account strong the angular momentum loss experi-
systems formed by two solar type com- Coriotis forces and unknown magnetic enced by the system by virtue of mag-
ponents and are probably the most fields between tidally Interacting corn- netically trapped ionized stellar winds
enigmatic group among close interact- ponents. and controlled by the dynamo of the
ing blnaries. The problem deriving from the Roche convective zone. The angular mornen-
The eclipsing W UMa systems show a lobe fllllng of the two components, turn loss mechanism, first formulated by
fight curve with minima of about the which is confirmed by the Ilght-curve Schatunan (1982) for solar-type single
same depth, therefore the effective tem- solutions obtained by means of the W11- stars, is also a fundamental Ingredient In
peratures of the two components son-Devinney procedure (see next sec- the process leading to the formation of
should be almost the same, In spite of tion), is also without clear solutions. The solar-type contact Wnaries from de-
the fact that they always are dwarf stars
of different mass. The difference AT,
Tear- Teb2,the index 1 indicating the
- major dlfflculty is, in this case. to predict
how the volumes of the two stars will
react in the case of mass transfer, This
tached systems. By virtue of spin-orbit
coupling, in fact, R will produce a shrink-
ing of the orbit and finally transform the
primary (I. e. the more massive) compo-
nent, is not more than some hundred
degrees. even for mass ratios of only
some tenths, and it can even be nega-
tlve, wlth a smaller component hotter
than the mom massive one (again by
some hundred degrees). The physical
explanation of these well-established
small temperature differences is one of
the challenges, untl now without a com-
pletely satisfactory answer, of close bi-
nary astrophysics. Binnendilk was prob-
ably the first to realize this paradoxical
situation and we may call this unex-
plained but well-known property the
Binnendijk paradox.
This peculiar temperature difference,
which is certainly related to the produc-
tion and to the transfer of energy be- .-F

tween the two components, is not the 0 ,2 .4 ,6 .8 1

only enigma of W UMa binaries, Already phase
in the fortis Kuiper (1941) pointed out
that contact binaries filling the inner
Roche lobe should have a ratio of the
volumes determined by the Roche ge-
ometry. This predicts, in a very large
range of mass ratios, V@, = qlda5.On
the other hand the ZAMS relation re-
quires V a l = qu wlth a = 2,O & 0.1. The
two relations can be simultaneously ful-
filled only for q = l , but all the known W
UMa systems have mass ratios smaller
than one. This is the so-called Kuiper
Both paradoxes teach us that the
components of W UMa binaries have
temperatures and radii that strongly de-
viate from the predlctlons for single stars
evolvlng between ZAMS and TAMS, at
least for one of the components.
The difficulties in formulating a eon-
sistent scenario are enormous: for in-
stance the solution of the Binnendijk
paradox requirea the modelling of the Fgure 1: Band V light cwves of W En end AE Phe. The continuous lines (often hidden by fhe
energy transfer through a thin common observed points) are the 1 l g h t - c ~solutions.
and mass exchange producing hot
spots) and mose of magnetic activity,
The b e t way to salve the problem is a
Doppler lmaglng analysis of high-dis-
persion spectra which yldds a bright-
ness surface map of the system. This Is
the reason why we proposed a pro-
gramme of Jmultaneous spectrcwcopic
and photomewic obaervations of two
suitable southern W UMa system, AE
Phe and W Erl. The programme, the
method of data analysis and the (provt-
alonal) results are d d b e d in the htn #a tight- sdutFbn of W M at
following sections. pPIase 0.25 [tha same, in this m e , as the
disMbuW at phase A75). EfhWh m-
ature goes from 5050 to 5890 K. ma &our
2. The Observations W goes h m dilrk red to Mte with Irk
ceasing Ts.
2.1 The photometry
We had six observing nights In
Nwember 1989 and wen more one
year later. The stars were simultaneous- the inclination, the filling factor (which
ly observd with the CAT telescope, mprw the degree of filling of the space
equipped with the CES spectrograph, between the internaland external W h e
W , h i m the light-cutw sdulfon, lor the short camera and CCD and with the d c a l surfaces), the difference be-
sudce of AE he visible at phese am.
ESO 50-cm telescope (with Its single tween the effective temperatures, the
Effecthe temperatwe from 5020 to
6T30 K ?Reeolwr scale Is shown In mure 3. channel photometer, the EM1 97894 luminosity fatlo and, finally, three coeff-
@) EfieaYw tempemturn dlstdbutflon of AE photomultiplier and the standard 8. V dents taking Into account the Bmb dark-
Phe at phase Q 75. filters). Unfortunately in the I989 s8ason ening, the gravity darkening and the re-
three nights out of six were non-photo- flection effect.
metric, AE P b was observed for two An elementary I i n h d least s q m
nights anrl W Erl only for one. As a algorithm, with derivatives computed by
d&acbed system into a contact binary consequence we got only incomplete finite diiences approxlmatlon, pro-
(Van "tVeer, 1975; Wlhu, 19821, llght curves. The 1990 season, however, vides the differential corrections to a
There is no doubt about the presence was completely successful: we had statting set of adjustable parameters,
of even strong magnetic fidds In these 100% of photomeftic nights. By m s of an iterative procedure the
stars: we have direct evidence from the The first thing we found out was that method converges to the best set of
light cwve @rturbations, which are at- the primary minima were In both cases pameters, 1.e. what is commonly
tributed to dark or hot spots,and from delayed by about half an hour with re- called the light-curve solution. ThC
indirect clues, i.e. the excited chromo- spect to the ephemerides glven by numerical procedure Is often hindered
spheres and mronae. Gronbeck (1978, for AE Phe) and 8- by strong mehtIons among the ad-
In principle dark spots on the surface (1081, for W Eri). mi8 means a phase justable parameters, which demands a
of the primary component can explain shift of respectively 0.0m and 0.077. decrease of fhdr number, by using
the inversion of the t e r n m u r e differ- Tihe fact is not surprising given the theomieal M estimated values (this is
ence, but this type of model would re- s h o r t m of the periods (both around olten the case for the values of the grav-
quire the permanent presenm of ex- 0.3 days) and the long time passed ity darkening, the limb darkening and
tended dark spots on the back hemi- since the last ephemerides. the reflaction coefficients), and Ule use
sphere of the primary, a thesis difficult From the individual obsmations, of the method of subsets (Wilson and
to support. However, we know that (Fig. 1) we derived the mean point light Blermann, 1976).
bright mdlpr dark spots with shomr curves which were solved by means of The WD code is In general successful
lifetimes (say, some years) are pres- the W i l m and Oevinney code, in the
ent from the perturbations of the light last standard distchted version Wl-
in finding morphologidly exdlent and
physically mnlngful solutions {one
curves. All W LJMa binaries that have son, 1979)which Includes a partlaltreat- should perhap mention that the most
bmn observed for some years show ment of darWhot spots. common difficulty with it is the non-
light-cutve variations. These can cover The code uses a physlcal model of the uniciiy, at least with respect to some
every phase domain, but they are best cantact binary h d on the Roche lobe parameters, and not the lack of soh-
visible during the maxima and minima oonfigurdon. The surface brightness lions). This is bue at least as long as the
and may consist of a change of height distribution of the common envelope curves do not show petturbatlons
and depth of these extremes. It is also deviates from a uniform distribution b e asyrnmeftlc with respect to the minima.
possible that the phase of one or more cause of gravity darkening effect (von In the last case it is still possible to
of these extremes is shifted. Zelpel. 1929; Lucy, 19881,which makes model the wmmon envelope irrtroduc-
Even if the signatures of surface in- the poles brlghter than the back and the ing hot or dark spots, even If, for
homogeneiti~clearly appear in the tight equators of the components, and be- reasons connected to the deteminacy
curves, the photometry alone annot cause of the mutual reflection of the of the-solutions,the spot parameters are
unambiguously determine the type of irradiated light (brightening the facing not adjust&. However, in spite of this
the perturbations(hot w dark), and their hemisphergs). The model is used to constraint, the solution with spots Is
lodon, so that one cannot dlstingutsh compute a thsoreticd light cum as very often non unique: the photometry
between the effects of the interaction function of a number of physical para- alone does not contain enough Informa-
between the two components (energy metem the wavelength, the mass ratio, tion to discriminate between a hot spot
of given locatlon and size and a dark ?aPHE HaLpha 89
spot elsewhere {see for Instance Mace-
mi,Van 't Veer and Van Hamme. 1990.
Maceroni and Van 't V w , 1990). A long
continuous series of (multi-wavelength)
Observations of the- same system can
help to overcome the problem, but re-
peated homogeneous observations erre
not available for most of the known sys-
tems. Thls explains the ImpMtance of phase-6.00
uslng simultaneously the photometry
and the high-dispersion spectroscopy,
which yields independent information
about the location of the pertuhed re-
Figures 2 and 3 show the g e o M c d
configuration corresponding to the
simultaneous on B and Vj solutions of
Figure 1, tqether with the spot location
and the effective temperature distribu-
tion. Both systems show asymmetric
~ert~tkatlons of the light CUM; the phase=O. 5 0 phase-0.75
most evident feature of this effect is
that the maximum following
(max I) is brigMer than ths
other (max 11).
4: D @ L K 0 ~fM
~- mapped qwb'm Is'he-bHwof
e g u l h t width (miextj. S O means that
the Y
Ilkre is praseurf, S s 0 means emission /ins.
wm th l w q p ~ ~ bt uin ~Un, gens8 that darC ~ V B B Smnwparm (o
In the case of AE Phe we modelled
l o w T,.
thls feature by means of a hotter spotted
region reaching maximum vlsibiti at
phase 0.25. This choice was sugg-d In practice, however, the "inverse they rue atso sensitive to photospheric
by the first indications from the spec- problemmof reconstructinga brightnm spots and one should also say that en-
troscopb data reduction, howlng the surface map from the p r o f l l ~is rather h a n d chromospheras are probably
presence of extra emission in H,, at difficult, being an "ill-posed" problem. connected with spots.
max 1. This means that one can find many spot Additional difficulties are due to the
With a similar procedure we have distributions producing the same effect fact the modelling of a contact system is
found the solution of W Eri. In its case on the line profiles. As a consequence much mwe difficult than that of a single
we find a region of enhanced brightness one has to apply further conshints star (or a detached binary): the unper-
on the connecting neck. (usually in the form of a regulariring turbed photosphere 0.e. without spots)
function whlch chooses the simplest of is not uniformly bright and, moreover,
all possible maps). A detailed descrip- one has to take into account the surface
2.2The high-dtspe~i~n specfm- shape and the corresponding radial ve-
tion of the method can be found in VW
copy and Penrod (1983) and in Piskunow. locity distributions.
The Doppler Imaging method is based Tuorninen and Vilhu (1990). The surfaceimages of Rgures4 and 5
on the fact that a dark starspot pro- The application of the Doppler imag- are the prellminq results of the analy-
duces a bright bump in a rota~onatly ing technique to contact binaries Is not sis of the H, profiles. In the first step of
broadened absorption llne profile. This at all straighffoward. First of all, m e r e the treatment we assumed that the H,
can be intuitiiy understood consid- constraints HmR the observable sample. equivalent width, W, could be ex-
ering what happens to the llne profile If The most serious dlfftculty arises from pressed as W = &WO, being Wg the
we insert a completely dark (and small) the short periods (and heme high rota- solar value and S only functlon of the
spot on the surface of a rotating star. tional velocities) coupld to low position on the surFace. Furthermore,
The efFect will be the disappearance of luminosities of these systems. The ex- we also assumed that the pmte shape
the contribution of the now darkend posure tlmes should be a compromise is the same as that of the sun, being
regim from the profile. This consists of between the need of high SM ratio, again slmpty scaled by afactor S. This is
a narrow absorption feature, displaced necessary to resolve weak features In a only a firstorder approximation, the
from the line centre by the mation, and heavily broadened profile, and that of next step will be the computation of the
of a contribution to the continuum at all covering no mom than 0.05 in phase local line profile by means of model at-
the other wavelengths of the broadened (which means exposures shorter than mospheres.
line. The flnal algebra gives that at the 20 minutes)&With GAT telescope and The focal profiles were broadened
wavelengths corresponding to the ve- CES spectrograph at a resolution of and weighted uslng the local radial ve-
locity shift of the spot the flux deereases about 60,000 we were obliged to select blties and outgoing fluxes in the ob-
less than at the othets. thus producing relatively bright systems (m, 8) and
the bright bump. During a stellar rotation strong lines: the Balmer H, line at
- server direction computed by means of
the WD code.
the bump moves across the profile In a 6563 8( and the Sodium Dl and 02 at The maps of Figures 4 and 5 show
way connected to the posltion on the 5890/95 A. The disadvantage of the with different grey tones the resulting S
surface. It is therefore clear that one strwlg lines, compared to the weak Fe dlstributlon. The transformation of the S
can, In principle, extract information on lines commonly used in Doppler imag- scale into a temperature scale, directly
the surface brightness distribution from ing, Is that their interpretath Is more comparable with Figures 2 and 3, r e
a set of Doppler-broadened profiles ta- difficult, because of contamlrsation by quim the dependence of W on the
ken at d i i phases. the chromospheric layers. However, effective temperature and gravity, and
YY ERI ItaLpha 90 this approach was clear. From the rnea-
surements of vbiMe light curve, UV and
X we know that these binaries are seats
of magnetic activity. Furthermore, R is
gmerally believed that high AML is con-
trolling the evolution of theser binaries
towards the singla-& stage,involving
mass transport from the secondaty to
the primary component. Nobody pres-
ently understands how this mass trans-
port takes place and how it is Interacting
with magnetic, tidal and Corfolk forces.
It can be hoped that from a better sur-
vey of the brightness inhomogenelties
on the surface, a better insight In the
origin of Wese inhomogenehie$, and re-
lated large-scale motions, can be ob-
Our first results ate encouraging for a
further development of the applicdion
of this method. However, we feel that
the next step wilt most probably require
the use of the 3.6-m telescope, to have
the possibility of enlarging the observ-
able sample and of analysing less
strong (and simpler) spectral lines.
hence the use of the appropriate model we have a T distribution over the sur-
atmospheres. However, on a more qual- face, which implies a varim-on of the line
itative ground, we know that darker equivalent width and affects the refer- Bjnnendijk L 1970, WsM In Astron. 12,217.

toms correspond to colder areas; from
a flrst rough estimate S 1.83 corre-
sponds to 350 K above the mean and
ence values of S 0.e. the value m e -
spondhg to the unperturbed photo-
sphere). To disentangle this effect from
E w e r M. 1981, PASPW, 528.
Q r o n W , 0. 1976, A s t m . Astrophp.
SUM. 24,399.
S = 0.5 to 400 K below. the actual brightness variation we are Kuiper P.G. 1941, Ap.J. 93,133.
Lucy LB. 1908, Ap.J. 151, 1123.
The similarity between the photomet- undertaWng the computation of local Maoeroni C.,van Hamme W., Van 't Veer F.
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of the data requires a smooth non- Acad. Publ. Dordrecht, p. 309.
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3. Discussion and Conclusions Piskunov N.E,Tuorninen I., Vilhu 0. 1990,
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Are the Nebulae Around R Coronae Borealis Stars Evolution

or Ejection Related?
D. POLLACCO, Department of Physics and Astronomy, St. Andrews University, Scotland

The R Coranae Borealis p CB) stars AG8 stars (Schonbemer, 1986) have pulse it may be intense enough to re-
are a rare group of cool hydrogen-defi- been unable to reconcile the observed ignite a helium-burning shdl sending
cient supergiants whose Ilght variations photospheric abundance3 with model the star towards the AGB for a m-
are characterized by dramatic fading of predictions. Recently two rather exotlc ond time ('h again' AQB star). The
up to visual mag. 9 and a slow recovety scenarios have emerged that address R CrS stars are suspected to be at
to maximum. Spectroscopicdly they this problem: this stage. This process is accorn-
appear to be extremely hydrogen-defi- The last thermal pulse scenario (Ren- panied by large-scale mixing of the
cient and carbon rich. Their evolutionary zini, 1979, 1981 and lben et al., photosphere. Although the computa-
history has been the source of much 1983). Calculations have shown that tional work is great it does appear
controversy. Mixing scenarios for single If a whie dwarf suffers a thermal that the time spent at the AGE is
H ALPHA 8gr is rapidly evolving towards #he red
supergiant region of the HR diagram -
probably the R Cr3 reglon,
In order to test this scenwb more
tbmugh~ywe (Poltacco et d., 1891)
have used the Wr to #arch for falnt
nebulae around cool R CrB stars. Multi-
ple [mageswere obtained of UW Cen In
very deep minima that dearly show the
star to be surrounded by a faint (and
small) nebula of unusual physical
appearance Fig. 3). The morphology
conaists of a fainter outer envelope of
circular appearance wblle the central
p& are dominated by a palr af
Rgurs 1a/b; #wow-bandimages of V 546 Sgrand Its surmuding nebula &ken with tfra ESCa/ reasanably collimated and diagonally
MPl2.2-m te- In 1 ~ 7ln. each c~dscr re am ten mnWm w d y W the opposed "jets" (I use thls word Ilghtty).
sky level and the peak flux h the centrrrl WE. mse images am m L h t U u m sub- - Narrow-band imaging and spectra
altbwgh dWferences in the PSF thrwgh the d l m n t fltem and images show that mm%stellar (Fig. 4) owned with the M n suggest
midue m a i m that the nebular emlsslon is dominated
by a scattering component with no ob-
vious signs of line emission (our detec-
strongly mass dependent and even These Images are continuum subtracted tor had little efflclencyat A3720 4. De-
for the lowerst mass o b w may be and show an amazing morphology spite h e omhelming excelknce and
too short to account for the sus- d M n c e (normally lmqes of PN in hence enjoyment of uslng the MTI; this
pected R CrS lifetimes. Subsequent these ions display m~@lly J m i h sttuc- nrn was overshadowed by a certain
evolubon is via a S~h:Rbnbemr -
track tures). Spectroscopy obtained wtth the student who shall remain nameless -
to the white dwarf configuraffon. M T (Ag. 2) shows the nebula to be of who found during a long stew that he
The merged wfilte dwarf m a r f o low excltatlon. An analysis of this Id- was unable to control the contents of
(Webbink, 1984). It Is thought posst cated that bllurn Is heavily membun- his stomach.
ble that a double dggenemte binary a n t , while simple and more oornpl2- This structure is proving difficult to
consisting af He and CO white cated modelling faild tn predict the ob- understand m the context of the
dwarfs may lose suPFicient angular served nebular ionrzatlon and extent at evolutionary scenarios & out above.
momentum by gravitational radia- the inferred surface temperaturn of the Mwever, considering the ejection ve-
tiodmatern'al ejection to allow the central siar (-20,000 K: SchBnbemer locities lrnplled by chromospherjc lines
spterm to merge within a Hubbb and Heber, 1986). However, conver- (-200 km )''s observed during the de-
tlme. h these circumstances it is ex- gence was achieved using black-body cline to minimum, these structures
pected that the lighter He d W will models (the limlflng case) if the stellar could m l l y be poduoed within the
be smeared muhd the other pro- temperature wa8 raised by some 10,000 theomt'cal age of the R CtB phase
ducing the obsewed abundanoes. K (Pollacco ef al., 1090)-UV spectra do (SchBnbemeP, 187). Hewe It is more
The firat clues to the e v o l u d o n ~ not give any indicatbns of mother body Ilkdy that the jet structure Is related to
status of the R CrS stars may have been In the system, so we are forced to the process causing the minima. In line
fwnd by Herbig (19491988) who while =pt that V 348 Sgr must have been with this, Pol- et d. (1901) sug@
o b w i n g the proto-type R CrB in deep hotter In the recent past (the reoomblna- that in UW Cen and by lmplicatlon all R
mlnima found possibk evidence of [O Ir] tion t l m l e of the nebula is Cr6 stars, there is also &jetIn or close to
h3727/9A emission. These lines only 120-2300 yr). We cmlude that V 348 the tine ofsight.
occur in low-temperahre and density
material and suggest that R ch-6 may be
sumwnded by ;?ow-surface b r i g h k
nebula. lRAS obmvations of R CrB
have revealed the presen- of a huge
fossil dust shell (Walker, 1986) some 8
pc in diametw. Gillett et 4.(1986) tried
to undestand the haaflng of the shell
but concluded that the stellar and Intar-
stellar radiation fields are far too W l e
to account for the obsmed shell tem-
The hot R CrB stars are thought to be
similar to the R CrS stars but have much
higher ph-pheric tempetaturn
Pollaem, 1989, Pallaoco and Hill, 1MI).
f h e brightest member of this elm, V348
Sgr, Is known to be surrounded by a faint
nebula. Figure 1db shows the nebula's . ' ' L ~ ' ~ ~ ' m l ' f m
S880 -0 4WO WW HW -0 6800 MOP
morphology as o h w e d through Ha -mw
and [NIU ~ 8 ' 4 A narrow-band fllters u k Flgum 2: sum of 5 hr wwth of IPES spectra tam Wm'theR4f In 1987. N& me w~uuely
fng the ESO/MPI 2.2-m telescope re- strongappsmce of~sl1587dwhbhIs mtexpmwfwlaaentmlaclwoeofthis-
motely from Gaming. tum (-rn,,oOo @
Discovery of the First Eclipsing Binary Barium Star

' ~ u r o ~ e Southern
an Observatory;21nstitut dHstrophysique, Unlversit4 de Li&ge, Belgium; vrije Universiteit
h s s e l , Betglum

ly have c i r e u l ~o r b i i (e-g., Webbink, gramme operating at €SO since 1982

I.Barium Stars (Stmian. 1983).
1986), which is not the case for all
Barium stars are a family of peculiar barium stars. Boffin and Jorlssen (1988) The Str6mgren uvby magnitudes of a
red giant stars whose envelopes exhibh suggested instead that ttse accretion by sample of 19 barium stars have been
Werabundances of carbon as well as of the m u m star of tfie wind from the monitored since July 1984 in a differ-
dements heavier than iron, flrst iden- former AGB primary may be efficient ential way: fw each programme star,
tifled by Biddman and Keenan (1951), enwgh to account far the obsewed two comparison stars were selected
they represent about 1% of all red dwmlcal peculiarities. among nearby G or K giants. The obser-
ghnts of types G and K. Their kinematic vation frequency is about meek during
behaviwr ap- to be similar to that typical one-rnonth observing runs. That
of A or early F main-sequeom siars; 2 Interest of a Photomettic frequency was increased to one mea-
acmdlngly, barium stars shwtd have Modbring of BariumStars surementlnlght during three observing
an average mass of about 1.5 to 2 MQ Slnce barium stars are single-llned campaigns around the predicted time of
(Hakkila 1989a). s m s c o p i c blnarie (SBI), mly par- eclipse of the companion of HD 48407
McCture (1983) found that a large tial Information cm be obtained a b u t by the md g M (Section 4).
fraction of barlum stars belong to spec- their o r b i t parametem The detection Obmm&ns were performed an the
tmoopic binaries. Jorissen and Mayor of possible photometric variations re- ESO 50-cm telescope or on the Danish
(1988) showed that virtually all known lated to the binary nature of these stars 50-cm telescope (four-channel simut-
southem barium stars with large barium could provide furthw insight in the taneous photometer). The reduction to
overabundance are spectroscopic characteristics of these systems. How- the standard uvby system is performed
binash, and McClure and Woodswwth, ever, the relatiJely Large orbital separa- with the "multi-night" algorithm d+
(1990) obtainad orbital periods In the tion (estimated as sevef8l AU) and the sctibed by Manfroid (1985), taking into
range 80 d to more than 10 y. Whiie low lumlnos'ty of the companion (dic- account the total set of measurments
dwarf (WD) companions are inferred tated by the SB1 nature of the system) carried out at the ESO 50-cm w Danish
fmthe mass function distribution, al- Imply that photomettlc variations, if 50-cm telescopes since the beginning
though very few of them can be de- present, should b of rather small am- of the monitoring. bbehnreen ob-
tected directly from their UV radiation plitude and have a long period. serving runs are avoided in that way,
(Btihrn-Vltense, 1980, Dominy and Lam- LandoR (1983) was the first to look for since thsre is lust one colour matrix for
bed, 1983, BBhrn-Vitense. Nmnee and photometric vdability of M u m stars. the whole set of measurements in a
p m , 1984). He obtained UBV photoetdc obsw- given system. Checks were of course
The fact that all barium stars belong vatlons of several barium stars at KPNO made to control the stablllty of the sys-
to binary systems clearly rneplns that and CTlO at Irregular internal3 over a tem over the whob period cons id^.
binarity must m e h o w be responsible time span of more than a decde. His The accuracy of the differential mag-
for their chemical peculiarities. It was photometry was baslcalfy non-differ- nitudes can be estimated from the stan-
sometimes suggested that the presence ential, but included the measurements dard deviations of the dWmces be-
of a companion could perhaps modify of a numbw of standard stars of similar tween comparison stars. For both the
the outcome of the hellurn flash occur- brightness as the barium stars of his Danish50 and ESO 50 systems (referred
ring in tow-mass stars, possibly trigger- programme. Assuming the m n m r to In the following as D50 and W-6,
ing the extra-mixing leading to the of obsmdons in V for standard stars to respecttvely, according to the notation
synthesis of heavy elements (e.g., be about 0.007 magnitude, he wn- of Jobsen, Manfroid and Sterken,
McClure* 1984). However, soma barium cluded that 6 stars of the sample (which 1991; see also Manfroid et al., 1991),
systems are quite wide (P > 10 y), and It containd 17 M u m showed v&- 50% of the consldsred comparison
is difficult to imagine that such a distant ations at or above the 3 o level. All stars pairs have a standard deviation In the y
companion could have an effect on the were however obsened less than a channel smatler than 0.003 mag for ob-
internal structure of the M u m star. dozen times under very different o b servations spannlng several years. The
Mass transfer from the former primary m I n g conditions and no lightcum is mean value of these r.m.s. deviations Is
towards the barium star, when the pti- provided. Our more accurate photomet- somewhat smaller for the 1350 system
mary was a bvy-etement rlch S or ric mwtitorlng, described in Section 3, (0.007 mag) than for the E50-6 system
carbon star on the asymptotic giant does not confirm these variations In all (0.009 mag). Colour Indices in the E 5 M
branch (AGB), seems more likely. The but one case. system are however much less accurate
observation of a 10 pm (N band) excess than In the D50 system, mainly because
in many barium stars (Hakkila, 1989b), the latter are obtained with a fwr-
which is not correlated with the other 3. The Long-Term Photometryof channel photometer. In what follows, we
atmospheric peculiarities, may polnt to- Variables Programmeat ESO fill therefore malnly make use of the
wards the presence tn the system of High accuracy and homogeneity over more accurate D50 measurements.
dust left over from a former mass-loss periods of several years are required for More details about the obsenrhg policy,
episode. Again, many barium systems monitoring barium stam. Both require the redudon method and the resulting
appear to be too wide for mass transfer ments, together w ' h the potential of accuracy can be found in Manfroid et al.
through Roche lobe overflow (RLOF) to extenslve observing time (4 to 6 months/ (1991).
occur (Tout and Eggleton, 1988)b year), are offered by the Long-Term A deteriled discussion of the results of
Moreover, post-RLOF systems general- Photombtry of Variables (LTW) pro- the photometric monitoring for the sam-
P-(A+B)/2 A-B McCIum and Woodsworth, 1990). HS
- 0 . 0 1 ^ _ 1 I 1 ' L I ' 1 ~ I 1 1 L I 1 L 1 I ' 1 1 I C - 1 1 1 1 1 I 1 L 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1ephemeris
spectroscopic I~ was used in
e order to predict the times of a posslbb

0 - -- . :4


eclipse of the companion by the barium
star. During the ?-year span of the

monitoring, only thrw ecllp ~ e swere
pmdicted to occur at a time when the
I =' 4 star was w i l y o h w a b k HD 46407
was obsmed once a night fw 20 to 40
- 4

0.01 - -- -
nights d u h g these periods (FebmarY
1985, Noamher 1488 and February
A clear dlp is seen in the lightcunre In
-0.0 1 November 1968 while the comparison
pair remains stable (Fig. 1). Since this
dip is exactly centred on the predicted
* a
time for the total acllpse, there ts littler
A *
- 1

- 1. m .
:I ,
* AY 0 ' . +* :
doubt that an eclipse has %ctudlybeen
. detected. Very accurate measurements
- * v 7 *
I a . were carried out ddng the FebnmY
v #mom 1990 campaign at the Danish 50-cm

0.01 - A
lo* -- 8
8 telescope, and meal that, I any, the
- eclipse was much shallower. The mea-
surements of February 1985 are puz-
z l l g , since a M s t i d l y significant
1 1
trend is ind& o b s e d , but If It were
-0.01 TTT--Ctt 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - I 1 1 1 1 I I
to twrsspond to the eclipse Ingress,
there wwld be a > 0.03 phase lag
a m wml respect to the spzhamplc

* t ephemeris.
- 4
0 - -- I a, .'s0 Figure 2 presents the phase diagram
rn 7 for all D50 measurements,adopting P =
458.1 d and T = JD 2 445 296.0 (time of
maximum velocity), whbh cormpond
0.01 - -- -t~ the lower bounds of McClure and
W o o d s W s elements. The measure
mmi of February 1985 are lagging in
that phase diagram as well, so that the
current uncwtalnty on ttw circular orbi-
0.7 0.72 0.74 0.76 11.78 0.8 0.7 0.72 0.74 0,760.18 0.8 tal elements (f0.5 d on P and k1 d on
T) annot resolve the discremcy. The
phase superposition of the February 1985
eclipse ingress on the Novembw 1988
Figml:R ~ o f m ~ ~ n g w l m p a r s n ~ m n d t h e t l m e d t h e p r e d W e d l ~
U X ) : h b m y 1% (ypper p m I ; cycle I), l y o v ~ r n b r1m (middle pamid; cycle 4, d&t would require a 451.7 d period, not
F m y TssO low^; c* 5). Phases am omputlad adqothrg ma c&bI &emen& of vwy dMmnt from McClure'e spwtros-
McGIure and W m d w m h (I-). Tha martainty on Me prt3dicted tlme of iota! a d l p is coplc period, although well outside its
dispiayedbythehQMmtaImbaramndthe valwpl-0.75 5 . ~ f t the ~ formal
~ mt r bar.
d i t Y ~ 8 -+Bp
I mgdtu& in the SlrSmgren y channel, whereas the rightp a d dlspfay The phase diagram .of Flgure 2,
h 6 1 ~ ~ 1 l A - B y m a mwhere,PstanderWMeMumemandAandBfarMnuo
g ~ , adopting McClure and Woodsworth's
~ s l a r s ~ p ~ t i v d y H R P 3 7 3 a n d H R T2 h3 6e ~ m ~p r n h t o f t h e ~ t u d s ~(1990) s ~ l period,
c reveals
S~SWI: r = E m~ p t ~ m - -
C the mean Wwe of the mmapondlng dfmmntrsl mgnftude In a glven system (P * M O
A ; Em8 s t e m ; 7 ES050-8 m -
; E5U-x system).
d w a x i a i s w l e n W i n s u c n a w a y m t a ~ h ~ ~ s t o a d p i n W
that a wty broad secondary eclipse may
be present as well. A clear trend was in
E m .
fact &sewed for 0.35 c cp c 0.5 in
cycle 2, and the drop in brightness
around phase 0.35 was conf~rmedby
pie of 19 barium stars is presehd in between the cormpanding comparison the observations of cycle 6. Again, the
Jarissen, ManfroId and Wrken (1991), stars) we specifically related to the bi- large scatter in that phase range indl-
The main result of our rnonltoring Is that nary nature of t b etar, or whether HD cat= that the spcmmopb period is
the two M u m stars with the shortsst 121447, which is also the coolest known probabjy not the best ~ M c e for con-
orbital perlods in the sample, HD badurn star (K7 Ill, LU et al., 1983), is structing a photometric phase diwram.
f 21447 (- 185 dl JoPissen and Mayor, in simply a mIcrwariable as any other very A careful pert& analysis of our data
pepmation) and HD 46407 (458.6 d; red star. remains to be done.
McClure and Woodsworth, 1890), are In summary, the Itghrcunre of HD
the only ones to present small, albelt 46407 derived from the currently avail-
4. HD 48407: The Rrst Eclipsing
able photomettfc observations in the

significant, light variations, In the casa of
Binary Barium Star 050 system displays a sharp "primaryb
HD 121447, it Is not yet clear, however,
whether these variations at a Iwel o,
0.020 mag (to be compared with ay - HD 46407 (HR 2392, y 6.27, b - y a eclipse (companion &hind the barlum
0.60, KO111 8a3)hasthe second shortest star) and a p d b b shallow "secon-
0.009 mag for the magnitude dMemnce otbital period in our sample (P = 458.6 d, dmyn eclipse. In November 1988, the
-0.02 , n . , n . # , v . n , . - . , . m , ~ ~ ~ l l ~ ~ l ~ . tMvefy:
~ l the "depth
~ l " the
of ' eclipse will
yield an &mate of the mount of dust

q u l r e d and the wavelength depen-
P-(A+B)/2 A-B dence of the swtterlng cr~ss-sectIrn
should be oompatlble with the relattve
8 - variations of b -y ewld v - b. The follow-
-* ing questions also remain to be en-

is such an explanation cornpat-
.4" #Is with the absence of IR excess for
a I * r HD 46407 (Hakklla and McNmara
1987, H W l a 1989b)? And how can
dust grains remain trapped around
the companion for long periods of t h e
b' t
(Poynblw-R- -I?
O f l 8
The pfiatwnetric monitoring of HD
2 4 W 7 is still going on; potarlmetricmea-
0.01 -
a a
-- -
surements are also In progress. Finally,
a similar photometric mbnitotim is be-
ing &ed out fw fhb two barium stars,
+ with the &omst known ohW persods
(HD 77247 and HD 12144?), and it will
be Interesting to know whether a be-
0.2 0.4 0.0 0.8 0 0.2 O,4 0.0 0.a haviwr similar to that of HD 46407 will
phase pbaae
be observed.
b 2 : #wedlagram forthe wtmk setofy m ~ i fheD51lsWm
n NRpensl: In conclusb, the behaviour of HE)
~ ~ ~ & t R n e t o ~ ~ c ~ t p a n e l : m p a ar W l sW Q7 ~n s~P, e e ~ 48407
- Is a clear example of a phenome-
~ ~ l i o v n I W e C ~ a n d W o o c ~ s w w t h ( f ~ ~ h e v a r l w s 5 ~ r e f a non r t othat
f h can
e wly be studied as part of a
~ * =cyele2,e=~b4,*~Gyda
d ~ ~ y d e S ( s l c d & f f f # n ~ ~ ~ r 1 4 5 ~ , f l : 1,r cflle carefully planned long-term project rely-
s , D - ~ 8 . W f f i e ~ o i a w w i d e ~ e d ~ W d * ~ i f l
ftpnt of the barium slarb Note that, bemuse P-,WEWinvolves the ~ W of P the Wo ing on m d c e obsenrfng: If) continurns
s m w me88MWl#h P-A tvld P-8, C R W+&&k
~ I/Z tlmeS 8 d l e r than photometric monitoring should be
theontronA-B, carried out In order to get the general
light cum; (3) eaeh eclipse naeds mom
Primary eclipse had a depth of 0.02 since dust ought not to be distributed In than one month of dally obswing; (iii)
mag In y and a full wldth of ~ r p 0.05 ;a spherically symrnet* way mund the they only occur every 7.3 years and one
6.e.&out 20 dl; the primly eclipse was companion. third of them am missed because of the
much shmllwer in February 19%). The ~lthough this m d seems to proximily to the Sun. In dditron, we
shdtow secondary ec~ipseoaurs when account qcratitativdy for bhe must also emphasiz~h a t only a small
the companion is in frmt of the barium beviour, It remainsto betested Wan- tdwmpe is needed. The LTPV project
*. b depth ts at least 0.01 mag in the
Y band and It m d s over about 60%
of the orbital period. It mlgM well be that
the brig- of HD 4W07 b slowly
W F n g over the whole OW period.
lha b y index is mqinally variable,
at variance with the v b index which -
exhibfts large vlvlatlons. Quite interest-
ingly, the variations 05 the v b index -
and of the y magnitude appear to be
roughly comM& when ths star is
falnter, R is alm redder, as shown by
Figure 3. This mhaviour L tvpicaI d
light-- ,p- SO that we
suggest that the ecllpmd light is actuaily
tho light from the barium star ttself which
is backscamred by dust trapped fin a
disk?) a n d the companion.
Rust must be present in a rather ex-
tended region around tlw companion,
since the November 1988 eclipse was
about thm$ times longer than ft would
have been expectid for the eclipse of a
point-like swroe by a red giant of mdlus
15 Rg (and a m i m a j o r axis of 1.5 AU;
total duratlon of 7 d or Arp = 0.015).
Mwewer, then does not s m to be a
flat battom in the d i p lightcum, in-
dicating that the e c l w is never total.
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Domlny, J.F.,LamM,D.L.lW,Ap.J.,270,
The Rise of SN 198749
Hakkila, J. 198Oa, A.J., 98,699. It is now almost five years since SN intensky and the angular tarte have
Hakkifa, J. 1989b, m n . Astmphysys, 219 1987A explded in the LMC. In the been rescaled to allow direct corn@-
204. meantime, the visual brightness has d e son. A r w n t , careful remeasurementd
Hakkita, J., MeNamara, 6.J. f 987, Astron. m a & to about one millionth of what it the magnitudes of SM 1987A on these
-, 10B, 255. was at the time of maximum. If is still plates has shown that earlier publlskd
Jotissen, A., Mayor, M. 1988, Asm.Ash- being observed with large telescopes, estimates are too faint by 0.2-0.8 mag-
phm, 1!W, 187. also af ta Silla, but the elusive pulsar nitude (McNaugM and West, to appear
JoriSWI, A, ManWd, J., Sterken, C. IWl,
has not yet bean directly detected. in Astronomy and Astrophysics). The
&irona Asiqhys., In p-.
Larwiok, AU. 1983, PAW, H,644. The four plctures were taken during new values are in better agreement with
U,P.K.. D a r n , D.W., Upgren, AR., Wels, ambur patrols in Australia at the time the theoretical Ilghtcuwes, but they do
E,W. 1983, &J., 62, la. of the explaslon by Robert H. McNaugM not by themselves permit to decide
Manhold, J. 1985, habiT~t,theds, Univ. of (Plates 2.3 and 7)and frank 6. Zoltows- which of the two neutrino events that
we. ky (Plate 5). They show the early rise in were observed In the morning of Febm-
hamfroid, J., Swken, C., Bruch, A.. Bwger, brightness of this famous object; the ary 23,1987, w~ the actual time-zero.
A New Large Arc Revealed by Early NTT lmages

The internationaleffort devoted to the ent-day spectroscopy. Finding large jects and the nature of the blue popula-
search for gravitationalarcs has recently arcs, i.e. with large amplification, is tion are still unknown. An open questlon
been reviewed by 8. Fort (1991) in Ham- probably a unique way of shortening by is why this blue population seems to
burg. About 10 clusters with at least one a factor of 5 or more the exposure time have disappeared today. Were they
"large" arc (length > 1O") are report&. needed for spectroscopy of these other- compact AGNs? Extended objects with
fhe cluster presented here was de- wise very faint objects. nuclear or extranuclear star fwmation?
tected as an X-ray source of 3.1 6-10-'3 Deep photometric surveys of galaxies Mergers? Did they disappear after an
ergs cW2s-' by the Imaging Pmportion- have shown that the number-galaxy initial starburst (Cowie et al., 1991)7 Did
al Counter on board of Einstein Obser- counts in 1 are close to non-evolution they merge to farm the present-day
vatory, and was identfied with a faint models (Tyson, 1988). Counts in B and giant galaxies (Guiderdoni and Rocca-
cluster of galaxies by Gioia et al. (1984, U, however, have a much steeper slope Volrnerange, 1%I)?
Second Medium Sensitivity Survey). Its that can only be accounted for with Very good deep images, selected
optical position is RA=0302 44.8, some form of evolution (Shanks et al., among the best taken durlng the com-
&I. =+165828.0. Images show a very 1984, Metcalfe et al., 4987, Tyson, missioning period of the Nll, show that
rich cluster with two large galaxies, a 1988, Majewsky, 1989). At falnt mag- at magnitudes between V=22 and
morphology which is roughly similar to nitudes the difference in slope between V-24, the very blue objects do not be-
that of Abell370. 1 reobserved this clus- number counts In B and t translates into long to a single population (Giraud,
ter between November 1989 and Janu- an increasing fraction of blue objects. In 1991); there is (a) a class of compact
ary ID90 with the NIT. Such a northern the past three years, intwest in this objects surrounded by a nebulosity, (b)
cluster was observed from La Silla be- population has increased enormously, a class of irregular objects with probable
cause at that time the MT field rotator but the redshift distance of these ob- Isophote distortions at the limit of reso-
was still under testing.
Eight images were obtained in V and
R, with two different CCDs mounted on
EFOSC 2 (Melnick et al., 1989): the RCA
No. 5 which has pixels of 30 pm giving a
scale of 0.26 arcsedpixel and a mom-
son low-noise CCD with pixels of
19 pm. Images were taken at various
position angles. They were corrected for
flat field using master flats built up with
images taken during the same night,
aligned, rescaled and coadded at frac- I
tional pixel value. The central part of the
final image is shown in Figure I.There is
a faint halo, well visible In R, around the
two brightest galaxies. Approximately at
middistance from these objects is a
faint filament. Perhaps the first idea
when looking at this image is that of a
shock wrface between the halos of two
large colliding galaxies. Another m-
ible explanatibi is gravitational lensing
of a faint (V > 24.5) background object.
Simple gravitational ntGels with 'two
potentials predlct well the orientation of
a nearly straight arc at this Iwtian. If
this is a genuine gravitational arc, the
amplification would be of the order of
15, presenting a rather unique chance to
obtain a spectrum of an otherwise -25" I
magnitude galaxy.
Rich clusters are slowly staftin0 to
play a role of gravitational klesco6 for
the invesbgation of the remote popula-
tlon of galaxies. They discnm~natethe
gravitationally lensed arclets from other
extragalactic faint objects, although any
arclet may be an elongated cluster
member. Assuming that the arclets are
amplified objects, the exposure time for
acquiring a spectrum is shorter than for Figure 1: The central region d the X-ray cluster CL031M+ 1658 at 2-0.4 &wing the two m i n
the source obj&. Mast of the arclets, galaxies, a weak halo, and a filament of 20" wpmximately, which might be eihrrer a
however, are still mond reach of p r e @avitathI arc w a featmrelated to the intraduster medium.
lutlon and (c) double or multiple sys- Nn*, instruments, and new detectors Ully S.J., W l e LL, a d M n e r J.P., I=,
tems. It is for example pssible that working at best during these nlghts of AP.J.0 Wprlnt.
nuclear activity. chaotic star formation he commhiofiing period. Ithank Jorge &A-o 18% In fh@ of
and merging are responsible for the blue Melni~kfor the allocated time. Fbmlrltion, Eds, Frenk & al., Kluwer Dor-
dtecht, p, 86.
colours in campact, irregular and multi- Melnlck J.. W k e r H.. and D'Odorlm, 1988,
ple Sysmls, respectiuely. spectra of ESO OpmtIw Manuel No. 4.
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pawide us with the redshift distance of References T., t987, In High &&hiR and Prl-
these objects and posslbly with some mdaxks, Eds. Bergeron et at., Mltton
Cowie LL, Qardner J.P.. Waincoast RJ.,
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I woutd like to thank the technicell SM Guiddonl 6.. and Rocca-Volmepange 6..
an hSilla for thdr efforts in making the

Diffuse Bands and Peculiar Interstellar Clouds

'ST-ECF, €SO Affiliated to Astrophysics Division, Space Science Depadment, ESA;
'Stazione Astronomica, Cagliari, Italy.

1. Introduction lar features and present some of the 1990, Porceddu et al. 1991), and the
The Diffuse Interstellar Bands or DIBs, results we have obtaind so far. parallel theoretical studles (Muglas
as they are wually called, are absorp- 1977, Van de Zwet and Allamandola
tlon features which are generated In the 1985, LBger and d'Hendmourt 1985,
2. D I k What Do We Know? Allamandola et al. t 989, C o w - M a g o s
interstellar medium by a stlll unidentified
set of carriers. The Dl& were firstly The most recent highquality (high re- and Leach 1990) allow us to define
mentioned by Heger (1921), while their solving power as well as very high sig- some constraints on the D I W problem:
stationary character and their interstellar nal-to-noise ratio) observational data the presence of DlBs is relabd to the
origin was confirmed by Merrill (1936). (Snell and Van de Bout 198t, Massa et oolaur excess, in the sense that the
The mast exter~~iw wmy has been al. 1983, Seab and Snow 1984, h- lack of reddening Implies the ab-
published by Herbig in 1975, on the lowski and Walker 1887, WMerlund sence of the DIBs: but the DlBs' in-
basis of photu~raphicplate spectra: he and Krelowskl1988, Benvenutl and Por- tensity along one line of sight is only
reported 39 DIBs in the spectral range ceddu t 988, Crawford 1990, Le Bertre loosely correlated to the value of the
4400-6700 A, 24 d which were ob-
sewed for the first tlme. By now six
more OI8s have been discovered be-
yond 6700 A. ST?5 5780 57W
L " " 1 " " " " " " " " " " " " 4
6780 6785 5800 ti806
During the past years the interest for
the DIES has grown considerably, par-
Pcutarly b'ecause the new obseruing
techniqum and the improved quality of
the spectra allowed a deeper analysis of
their profiles, highlighting more and
more details on their behaviour and
therefore making them an interesting - 0.8
candidate as markers of the physical
and chemical status of the interstellar
medium. However, in spite of the higher
resolution and the excellent high WN
ratio which can be obtained from mod-
em spectrographs coupled to CCD de-
tectors, the nature of the carriers of the
- 0.0
Dl& remains a mistery: thelr long last-
ing challenge may Indeed be among the
rsasons for the continuing interest in 0.8 - HD 144217 - 0.8
them. Comprehensive reviews on the bWV
= 0+19
DIBs' topic, togethsr with extensive bib- I . . . . L . . . . I . . . . I L . . -

6W6 67W 6786 8780 5% 5800 5606

liography, have been published by
Bromage 0987) an Krelowskl (1989). Wavelength (A}
In this short paper we discuss our Ftures 1a and b: The intensity ntio of the 018s 5780and 5197and ifs v e h t h along diff#nt
approach to the study of these interstel- lines ofsight.
reddening in that ditct[on. This fact
becomes partlcuhly evident for low
reddening vdum which impllea obs-
curation by a single intmtellar cloud.
For higher values, the awraglng
effect over several clouds tends to
fiatten out the differences;
similarly, the DDls Intensity b not
strongly comlated with the 2200 A
extinction bump: dust and arriers of
the OISs, although coexisting in the
Intmtdar medium, have an Inde-
pendent history;
the line profile of the 016s seem quite
stabla, both for the narrow and
shalbw features. With the exception
of an Intriguing case which is dis-
c u m below, Ute otwwyed brad-
enlq of the praflle can be explained
In terms of Doppler s h i i due to the
different velocities of the Intervening
Wavelength (A)
ther OlBs seem to be generated not
by a single agent but by metal
carriers: they can therefom be
grouped into ufamllies",the compo-
nents of which show well-defined In-
tensity ratios;
the most r m n t theoretical works in- 6203,62@ and 6284 A, while fw a ( W W n d and Kfebwski 1988, Pcr-
dicate the Pdycycllc Aromatic Hy- subset of the targets we observed also ceddu et al. 1991 4.
drocarbons (PAHs) as a strong can- the DlBs at 5705,5860 and a 4 A Flgwes 1 a and 1 b show the varying
didate for a molwular carrier of the Some of t h obsewations have been W v i o u r of the two features in two
DIBs: but the laboratory results have done by remote control from Garching. selected cases. belonging to dlf-
still to tw confInned by the observa- The experience with thIs new obsewhg f e m t "famiSi" is evident frwn the in-
tions, style has b m ~ generally posithe, al- dependent intensity variation*
These facts have modified the pravi- though we sometlmea fek the f w d for a
ws hypothesis of an interstellar medium closer and more extended checking of 3.2.rite vaying intensity ratlos 11:
producing w q w h m the same whole ..
the Instnrmmtd set-up (. as well as a the 01~s around ~ZOOA
set of d i e bands*Therefore, a g o d longlng for the midnjgM snack!).
strategy for further investigation is to In the following, we describe some of The group of dffFuse featurn around
mncentl.ate the obsewtional effort on the most peculiar s M l o n s we found in 6200 A fat 6196, 6203 and 6205 4, is
lines of sight along which some camp our data, in paxtloular: the varying Inten- sllgMly d i r e n t from the previous case.
nents of the Interstellar Medium (includ- slty ratios batween features belonging Tho spectra and related codusions
ing the Dlt38) deviate from the a m to different familes, the lack d some of whlch have been p r e s w by several
behaviour. the dWse bands along peculiar lines of authors [Chlewickt d al. 1987, KretowskI
sight, and the apparent absence Qf DlBs and Walker 1987, mvenutl and POP:
when the reddening is mainiy due to ceddu 19Wfdo not allow us to asslgn In
3. ObsewationaI Matdal a definite way these features to a single
and Discussion circumstdlar matter.
DlB's family. Our obssrvatbml data
In 1986 we m e d a wide sumy (Bewenuti and Pwceddu 1989. and
on the 016s in the spectral range P o W u et at. TW1) show that the
5700-6700 A. 'Ihe who18 data set broad, asymmetric DIE absorption at
comes from &enrations obtained wlth The 5780 band is a relatively Strong 6203 A a n be resolved into two over-
the ESO CAT/CES telescope equipped and n e w feature, showing an lapping features, the second one being
with the Short Camera and the RCA asymmetric proflle, while the bmU at cenkrrdatabwt6205A~shcernbe
CCD +9. Given the relative brightness 5797 is very narrow and weaker than seen from flgwea 2 a-c the intensity
of wr targets, the GATCES instmen- the 5780 one, Only recently has it be8n ratlo between the two components at
b the most suited for such a sur- shown that these two d j f f ~ s W d s do 6203 and 6206 & is not constant. Analy-
vey, also becam R offers the possibility not share the same cartier (Chlewkki et sis of the complete data set indicates
of obtaining the necessary obaenring el. 19&5, Krelowski and Walker W 7 , that the 6196 and 8209 A DlBs may
tlme.Thequalityof#edata,asRoanbe Benvemrtl and Pomddu 1489); all share f he same family of the 5780 fea-
seen from t h figures, Is excellent: some these papers dso r w r t that the varfa- turn, but the 6205,if pmsmt, does noi.
lltnltationa Mas
rie from the limiting mag- tion of relative tntenstty of the two
nitude, which is about 8 fM the G)awt diffuse m u & is not usually aceom- 3.3, Missing DlBs andprofile
Camera at a a o l v l n ~power of 50,006. panled by any profile change. Moreov- bmdening
Our current database Includes about er, their intrinsic profiles, 1.e. the ones
me hundred lines of sipht in t h dim- ~ which originate In a single ckud, were As it has been seen from the previous
tlon of bright s-; for all of them we found to be the same also in clouds examples, the r4ative intensity ratios of
observed the DIBe at 5780,5797,6196, producing different extlmtlzm curves the DlBs which are members of different
SWB me0 swi WQO 6796 which the observed reddening is mainly
I " " I - " ' I " " l " '

, due to circumstellar matter. As it can be

&- "6780" DIfl "5797" m
1 0.95
seen are completely
DIESfrom Flgure 4b,absent,
the 5780 and 5797
relatively high value of the reddening

HD 37023 (compare the spectrum of the "normal"

2 00.8-
b v r 0.33 - 0.9 star HD 44458 h Rgura 4 a). This ab-
sence may indicate that these DlBs
mm *nmM ruMr in
.I I environment such as the clrcurnstdlar
"6780" DIB "6707" DIB
-1 o . ~ shell of a Be star. Indeed, other studies,
e.g. on the behaviour of the 2200 8(
HD 179419 feature, indicate that the circumstellar
Ebv 0.35
I ,
, , , , , , , - on material may be quite different from the
d i s e medium. particularly fn the dust
grain composltlon. It seems therefore
promisingto further Investigate how this
0.85 - 0.m "en~irOtIment~" difkmnces, lncludlng
HI) 144217 the irradiation by the mntrai star, affect
0.8 - "5780 IIIB Lp
= O,l9 - 0'8 the various "families" of DIB&
I . . . . I . . I . 1 . . . A more detailed analysis, based on a
6775 5780 5785 6100 6785
wider sample of Be southern stars from
Wavelength (A) whlch we picked the above example,is
Ftguw 3 a-c: M l s s DIBs:
~ tRe 5797 Ieatum disappears and the 57843 htmify Is srtwgly in preparadon. In this case, a wdl-
reduced along "pecuIIaf'lines of sight. known problem in the interpretation of
the data is the difficulty of disentangling
the circumstellar from the diffuse
families are strongly varbblw we can fram the sodium spectra, is not large medium contributbn in the total redden-
thlnk of the lacking of one or more enough to justify the obsewed width in ing. We could overcome this problem by
d h e bands as the extreme case of the case of the profik of HD 37023, absatving an open cluster in which nor-
such a variabiliy. We found cases In supporting the hypothesis that the mal and Be coexist and for which the
whbh the 5797 A DIB is strongly re- broadening is intrinsic (Porceddu et al. diffuse medjum reddening is obviously
d u d or campl&ely absent: for in- 1991 b). If this fact is confirmed, and, the same: If we get the necmsary ab-
stance, the star 8 Sco (HD 144217, Fig. more impottant, observed in other well- s8wIng time!
1 b and 3 c), presents a strong reduc- defined Interstellar clouds, R may be
tion of the 5797 feature In comparison to used In further constrainingthe nature of References
the 5780 one. But probably the most the absorbing carrier of the 5780 DIB. mnvenutl, P., Porceddu, ,,, Ast
representatbe case of lacking of the
5797 is Twum star HD 3.4. Where the Di&s seem not to
Chlewleki, G., van der Zwet, O.P., van Ijm-
37023 (0' Od D), Figure 3 a. Indeed, all Ilve: the case of the 8e stars d m , LJ., Greenbarg, J.M., Astrophys. J..
the Trapezium stars share this pwullari- SQS, 455,1986.
ty, as they are evidently embedded in The last interning WamPle haw Cosmt-Mag-, C.,Leach, S., Astron. Asfro-
and seen through the same cloud, h c l a In our gallery of peculiar 233,559.1990.
whme mtum should be respon- k that of the spectrum of a Be star, in Heger, M.t,Lick Obs.Bull., lo, 148, 1922.
sibb for the weakness of the 5780 & Dl6
in relation to the value of E@-V) a 0.33. 5760 6785 6~80 6786 saw
The m e behaviwr is shred by a few

more stars, as, for example, by HD
179419 (Em-V) 0.35) which is shown
in Figure 3 b: in this case, despite the
I 1

relatively high value of the reddening,

the 5780 feature is extremely weak and 0.98 0.98
the 6797 is not seen at all.
The medium in the direction of the
a W' ''6W7" Dm -
Orion Trapezium stars is interesting for
another raason, i.0. the observed un-
4 0.m 1
"5760" Dm HD44458
&-* = 0.22
- 0.96
I . . . . l . . r . l . . . . l . . , .
usually large broadening of the 5780 X
h d . The observations of interstellar
sodium lines by Hobbs (1978) Indicate { 1
that several components are prewent to- l!
ward the line of 819M of the Trapezium g
stars. These components have recently Onm
been confirmed by our high-resolution
(R=100,000)spectra (Porceddu 1991, in HI263462
preparation) and from t h m the velocity by= 0.18 0.06
of the clwds txn be accurately mea-
wred, However, a Doppler broadening 6-780 6'186 SYQO LBOO
of a asingle-claud"5780 DIB profile, ob- Wavelength (A)
tained by uslng the velocity lnfwmation Flgures 4 a-b: fhe missing #Ss in Be stars.
312,880,1987. Already on the opening day there
KWowskl, J,, in InferstelI~r Dust, LJ. The ESO exhibition opened at ths
AUaimndola wd AG.0.M. T l e m (eds.), Zelss GroBplanetarlurn In (East-) Wlln were lots of visitors and many more are
IAU Symp. 136, Kluwer Aad. Publ. p. 67, on November 1,1991. The CIty of W i n expected during the 3 months' duration
1909. was represented by Mr. Arndt, Staats- of the exhibition.
e k l , J,, Westerlund B., Astmn. AGtm- s e k W fiir Schule, BerufsbHdung und ESO Is particularly pleased to make
phys., 190,339,1488. Sport and the Mayor of Berlin-Prem- its exhibition available at an lnstltutian
Pwceddu, I., Benvenutl, P., Kretowgki, J., laua Berg, Dr. Dennert. which only recently wm hcorpomtsd
Astmn. Asmphp., h press, 1991 a. This pkmhriurn is one of the wortd's Into the Federal Republic, at the time of
m d u , I., Benvenutl, P,, Krdwski, J., the German re-unification. There is little
Astmn. Astrophys.., submmed, 1993 b. largest and was lnaugumtd in 1987 on
the occasion of the 750th annivemaw of doubt that it will be of particular Interest
h u u n d , B E , Wadi, J., Astm. AS- to the l n h a b i i of the p a h of Berlin
tmphys., 203,134,1988. brlin.
Westdundl B E , Krelowskl, ,I., Astron. As- It has the latest Zeiss projector with all surrounding the Planetadurn.
-,, 218,216, i989. posdMe technical finesses.

Mr. Amdt, Udammtmy d St& for Education, Voceflonel TrsJningmd WS, mibfthin B d f i

Looking for Optical Emission from Gamma-Ray Bursters

M. BOER, C.IWOTCH, Max-Planck-lnstitut fur ExtraterrestrischePhysik, Garchingbei
Miinchen, Germany
H. PEDERSEN, Copenhagen University Observatory, Denmark
S. BRANDT, A. J. CASTRO TIHADO, N. LUIVD, Danish Space Research Institute, Lyngby,
A. SMETTE, ESO, L a Silla

1. Gamma-Ray Bursts: a 20-Year- more, their light curves, and their energy agreement on the galactic neutron star
Old Mystery spectra are extremely diverse: there is origin of these sources, based on the
Discovered some 20 years ago [I] no "typical" gamma-ray burst and characteristic time scales of the events
gamma-ray bursts (hereafter GRB) re- among the 600 bursts observed until (sometimes less than a millisecond) and
main mysterious: these transient sour- now, not even a general classification on the presence of strong magnetic field
ces emit only during times ranging from has been established. With 3 notable signatures in their energy spectra. In
a few milliseconds to several minutes, exceptions, none has been observed to that case, with more than 600 detec-
and they are observed only in the X-ray/ repeat. The exceptions are the soft re- tions to date (and an actual detection
Gamma-ray range, from 1 keV to more peaters SGR 1806-20 [5] [q, SGR rate of 1 per day), GRSs would have
than 100 MeV. They have no obvious 1900+14 and the GBS 0526-66 [8] been the most common manifestation of
counterparts, either transient or quies- March 5b, 1979 GRS, which is located neutron stars in our galaxy. However,
cent, in other spectral regions, 8.g. opti- in the direction of the LMC). recently the situation became quite con-
cal [2]or in soft X-rays 131 141. Further- Until recently, there was a general fused with the announcement by the
BATSE team [Q] that the distribution of 250 * I
pmm-ray burst souroes is apparently
quite Isotropic and (from the analysis of
their detection rate In e way drnilar to m- GRB91m19b
the logN logs test) that their expePi-
ment seas at- all GRB occurrences,
Taken togefher, these observations ex-
clude a gabctic origin and favour a cos-
mdogical origin for GRBs although a
very local w an extended gal-c halo
origln seem not to b~ excluded, and
there is some debate on the possible
instrumental biases. However, none of
these qgestlons fit all ths abaerva-
tions and this shows the need to obtain
independent data on these sources.

2. bcal'lzingthe Sources 20 40 60 80 100 120

There are two ways to localize GRB Tme (seconds Ilh 4Sm Bs UT)
sources. The Rtst one is the go-called Ftguml: ~ t ~ d G R B 9 1 ~ f ~ a s s e e n b WATCHInstmmmth
ythe the IS- 180k13v
trlangulatIon (or time of arrival) method. m@tgymtgewHha timemuhfbn d 0 . 9 1 1 4 ~ .
Using the time delay between We d e w -
tion of the same event by several Instw
ments, widely separated in space, one 3-Do GRB Emit Visible Light?
can derive the diredon of the source. In would set stringent constmlnts on M
order to obtain awurate podtims, the Based on wotk on archival plates I101 amount of energy emitted at optical
triangulation method needs at bast 2 [I I] [12l them were claims that optical wavelengths during and after the burst,
detectors on Inteqlanm spacecmk transients were observed in or n w on the thmat decay time of the mum
The current Inkplanetaty network uses some gamma-my burst mot barns. The and on its nature. This would also be an
the GRB detectors aboard the Pioneer reality of these events is not yet est&b- Important point In the debate on UI%
Venus Orbiier (WO) and the Ulysses lished and b the subject of a v q hot h r e a l l t y of optical flashes, thdr astrophy-
mission (which will leave the mltptle In debate [la] [I41 [is]. However, GRB sWl origin, and their as#ciatlon with
Februmy 1492) in addition to the instru- sources may well a p m to be e m t W the (3RBphenomenon. Whatever is the
ments on near-Earth platforms (Granat, at optical wavelengths, eitheras the re- outcome of our prqect, we hope that it
Ginga, SoIar A, Compton GRO, OMSP). aufl of the reproeassing of the gamma will Improve signifbantly the knowldge
This M o d may reach my g m d rays In an aceretion dlsk or In the photo- of gamma-ray bursf sources.
accuracies, 025 arcmln2 for GRB sphere of a binary mmpanion, or b e
790305b {Gamma-ray bursts are usually muse of the thermal deoay of the mu-
designed by the letter ORB fdlowed by tron star surface afker the burst, which
the event date, here March 5,1979, and depnds on the amount and on the
eventually a I&er indicating the wdsr of depth of the energy release. [I] Klebesadd RW., Strong I.B., Olson
the event In the day), but for a very small The goal of our project is to find this R.k: 1873. AshWhp. J. Letttws, 182,
number of strong bursts with a well- emission, or to s& eonstmints on it. The 85.
defined time structure. WATCH, BATSE, and CClMPTEL teams Motck, C. et d.: 1985 AHm. A i m -
The other approach uses the a n i s m - m y provlde rough locdIraf'10nwithln 12 phys., 145,201.
phy of the detector response to the slg- to 14 hwrs a m h e burst. Shortly after,
131 &rer M. et at.: 1988, ABfFOn. ASftophp.,
wit direction of Incidence, wlth several we expose a plate at the ESO Schmidt 141 W M . et at.: 1991, Astron. A&whya,
detectors (8 for the Burst and Transient teiwope. This plste may then be m- a49, t i &
- -
Experiment hereafter BATS€ on- pared with the ESO, Patomar or UK sky rn ~ttetaet 4.: 1w,~ pJ. ~ e ~ t e.r s ,
board the Compton Gamma-ray Obsar- surveys. If a new object is found, then sno, 105.
vatory CGRO) locatized syrnmetrldty follow-up studies may be triggered at I6l Fenimw et d., 1987,Ashqhys. J. Let-
ters, =,111.
on the same s p a m f t . In this 're- hqef telescopes, Later, when a more
sponse anisotrophy" method, the accu- precise localhation is eventually derived l7l b t s , ES. et d.; dgm, ~ wAs-.
racy reached Is not as good, 1 to 5 using the frlangulation method, a mom L&em 6,343.
[Bj Golenebkii, S., Ilylnaki V., Mmts E.:
degreesfor BATSE onCGRO, butalmost careful study of the GRB a m may ba 1964, Niature, W , 41.
A1 bursts detected may be locallzed done. p] m n C A el al.: 1891, IAU C h l a r
(about 180 during the first 6 months of The discovery of an optloat transient 535s.
t h CGRO
~ rnfsslon).The WATCH expert- GRB counterpmt may answer several DOl SdmeW, 6.E et d.: 1981, Natwe,2W
rnent, onboard the Granat satellite, uwa questions about these elusive objeats, 722.
a third method, with a rotating oolllmator such as thdr distance (@tactic vs. cos- [It] H-, R. Per-, R.. Match C.: IW,
grid, and provides localbt!om wlth an mological), thdr membership to a birvary Aptm. As&phys., 285,174,
intmediatsaocumoy,typicaJly0.3 deg. system, the energy process. . . . A de- [la Grelner, J., Maumann, C,, Wenzel W.:
1891, Asttvn. Asimphys.. 24$L425.
for strong events. Except for a handfulof tection would pmvlds w also with a
1133 Zytkow, AN.: t BQO, AstmpW. J., atia,
bxe8 ~ h k h well ~ ~ l ~localkation
g h suitable tor a real deep 138.
locallred with the triangulation method, search far a quiescent counterpart, and [I41 Greiner, J.: 1991, Ashoh Mrophys.,
fhe emr boxes are far too largeto search may result in a breakthrough in our 254,251.
for qulescmt counterparts at any understanding of these enigmatic sour- [I4 S c W RE., WI, As&@@. J., 9BA
wavelength. a.Even repeated non-detection 590.
Long-Slit Spectroscopy at La Silla: an Annotated Menu

slit spectroscopy capability Is pm- each of the relevant wavelength regions

1. Introduction can be observed w b one grating set-
sented, Slnce Ulem is a variety of ln-
Spectroscopy of extended objects strumentation avallable, thls artlcle is ln- ting only. For each insmment the optl-
findsapplication both in Galactic (9.g. tended as a help for the potential user in mal grating (or grim) has been selected
gas kinematics in planetary nebulae) selecting the most adapted instrument in order to cwer a wavelength region of
a d extragalactic fields. For many years for his purpose. For the basic descrip- about 1000 8( centred at h = 5200 8,
measuring the klnwnatica in galaxies tion of each instrument one may refer to (except for the EMMl Blue Channel con-
was restricted to the analysis of emls- the respective operating manuals of the -
figuration which refers to M3700 4400
slon lines which can be traced ~IativeEy instruments. 4. The resulting sampltng and spectral
m l l y out to great distances from the ~ l u t i o n are
a complld in Table I.The
nucleus. By contrast, absorption lines h entrance slit widths w and spectral reso-
galaxies are much more difficult to mea- 2. fhe InstrumentationAvailable lutlon qMtlisted in Table 'I for each
sure, because they are broadened by at ESO Instrument are calculated for the max-
tfie velocity dlsperslon of the stellar In Table 1 an ovewfew is given over imum spectral rmlutlon satisfying the
component and since the intenstty of the specific instrumentation prasently Nyquist sampling theorem.
the continuum decreases quite rapidly avallable at La Sllla. For oompwison
away from the centre. Only with im- also the Boller & Chivens spectrographs
Proved detecton3 and Irnprowd data at the 3.6-rn and 2.2-m are Included 2.1 The Boiler & Chivens
analysis techniques was It pmsible to although they are not offered any more. Spectrographs
access also thb piece of information on The setup of the instruments depends of Odginally the Boller & Chlvens spec-
the kinematics of extended objects. course very much on the specific ob- trvgraphs were available at the 3.6-m,
Also in the case of analysing spectra of serving programme. In the following dis- 2.2-m and 1.52-m telescopes. But prea-
faint paint sources, long-sl# spadm- cusslon more emphasis wlll be glven to ently only the one at the 1.52-m tele-
Copy allows an efficient sky subbgctlon. aspects of klnematlc observations 0.e. scope is offered. This type of -s
The last years have seen a quite rapld obtaining radid velocitlgs and vetoclty graph turned out to be a vwy stable
mlution on the sector of the instrumen- dkpersions) because they require high instrument optimized for long-slit spec-
tation. until the mid-elghtles most of the spectral and spatial resolution on the troscopy of extendd sources. In par-
data were still obtained with image tube one hand, and on the other hand a rela- ticular, the optimized collimator/camera
Spgctrogmphs (8.g. a Boller & Chlvens tively large wavelength range needs to focal length ratlo allows smatt insbu-
spectrograph equlpped with an EMI im- be covered In order to analw as many mental dispersions to be conaidered
age tube as It was available at E N ) lines as possible. The major applications with relatively large slit wldths. A wide
on photographic plates. The plates of long-slit spectroscopy, partbularly In range of gratings is available which
needed then to be digitized in order to extragalactic astronomy, are centred allow to cover more or less the full opti-
be processed further. The subsequent upon a few "tradltlonal" wavelength re- cal wavelength band in various dlsper-
Step was the replacement of phota- gions of interest: slons. A detailed list of the gratings to-
graphic plates wlth linear detectors. The for emission Iimthe region around gether wRh their relath efficiency
first generation of linear detectors at La Ha (X6563A) including the IN Ill lines curves may be found in ESO Operating
Silla was the Image Dissector Scanner (A6548 A A6583 4 for andyslng the Manual No. 2, The dispersions typically
(IDS) In combination with the Bdlet & gas kinematics; used are of the order 58 A mrn" yjeldlng
Chivens spectrogrsph at the 3,6-rn tele -
for absmpthn lines: AX3700 4400 A a resolution of about 0.9 A pixelq1.
scope. This detector allowed a very lim- (including the Ca II K and H lines and The change In the Instrument orienta-
ited spatial resolution. There were two the G band) and M4900 5900 8(- tion wlth respect to gravity as the Me-
channels of which one usually was used ncluding Fe 1 14921 A, Mg 1 A5175
for measuring the background. Only
wlth CCDs was It then posslbleto obtain
1 , E hand and the Na blend A5893 4
for deriving the kinematics of the
soope tracks the object In the sky Is the
principal cause for instrumental flexure,
wlth the amount depending mainly on
a similar field as with photographic stellar component. Limited informa- the zenith distance and the sllt orienta-
plates. The spectral and spatial m l u - tion a h t the gas kinematics may tion. For the Bolter & Chiws spectro-
tion, however, depended rrsalnly on the also be obtained in these wavelengtfi graphs the maxlrnum shil? measured In
plxel size, which for the first CCOs was regions by rr~easudngthe [0Ill doub conwcutlve c a n p a d m Ilne spectra
quite large (30 Clm2) and somewhat con- let (U3727-29 A) and the (0Ill] line was ~ 0 . plxel
5 in an Interval of 3 hours,
StWned the o b m t n g programmes. WW7 A) respectively.
There, the situation improved consld- At the same time the observer wants
erably wlth the arrival of the high-resolu- to obtain as much spctrai resolution as 2.2 EFOSC 1 and EFOSC2
tlon CCDs. The latest upgrade now In- possible In these wavelength regions. In
Wuced m u h i - p u m instruments Ilk8 h e case of kinematic obmmtions, for The €SO Faint Object Spectrograph
EFOSC and EMMI. Thls genePation of example, a sampling better then 1 A and Camem Is available at the 3.6-m
Instruments not only allows a can* pixel-' Is desirable. Because of the high- (EFOSCI) and Its twin Is available at the
nient change of wavelength ranges, dis- er red sensitivity of CCDs most part of 2.2-m telescope (EFOSC2). This type of
m i o n s and SIR widths In the course of the observational wcrk is now done in instruments usas grlsms for s p m -
a night but give the observer also Mi- the region >4000 A. The physical siza of copy which have a fked wavetength
hility in selecting direct imaglng or spec- the detector, then, detmines the range. Grisms have in gened a higher
tmcopk W e . wavelength intmal covered. Nowadays aciency than gratings. At EFOSCl the
In the following chapters a brief guide CCDs usually have 1024 pixels (or more) highest dlsperslon available is about
to the Instruments at La Silla with long- in the direction of the dispersion, so that 120 8( mm" covering the wavelength
mgion between %00 A to 8600 A
(grisms 0150,0150 and R150) In Intar- instrument scale
vm of a b ~ u tMOO k yielding a max-
imum resolution of about a 1.7 & pix- (2)
el", Only EFOSC2 mtalns a set of
grisms (#7, #8, #9 and #10) which is
r d l useful for kinematic work [u
1.3 pixel-'). But, as Is evident from
- RCA #B
640x 1024
(1 5m) plxd
Table 1, in order to exploit the full reso- TEK #28
lution of EFOSC, a very narrow entrance 512 x 512
SIR is required (about 0.7 ar-1. At the P7rm)pixel
tevd of a comparable instfilmeml RCA Nd
640 x 1024
$&up EFOSC (and also EMMI) may be
considered about three times more dfi- (15 pm) P b l

cient than the Bdk & Chlvens spec- EMMl Blue 15.05 TEK +28
trographs. No significant instfirmental 1024 x 1024
flexure has been measured. 360 e4m pixel
Regarding h e operation of EFOSC, Th #tb
me has to remember that there is no sllt 1024x1024
viewer. The posittoning of the object on (I awl p~xt~l
h e sli has to be done via dirsct lmaglng
and calculating the OMS with IHAP
b a t h . Depending on the muracy of
the posIUoning, this may be a timcon-
suming task, e&pecjally 1the instrument
is rotated.

The ESO Mutti Mode Instrumfit at the

MTT has a stmltar concept as EFOSC. In ... ~ b n g e r o f t m d
addition to grisms also gratin~sare ... bng-slitmode with shod cameralf/1 .a and 51d g m mw' Bohelle gr8,W
available where the obsmer may a ... dlspedm at Ha won
* ... to be repIaeed by a Tek 612 x 512 (27 pml p W OCD (&a) durkPg Md49
change remotely the central wavelength
in the course of the night. A dichrold
...EFOSC 0150 grim wlth nuad mvdmgthrange W - m W , A
. . . W B ~ ~ A U ~ M ] - ~ ~ O O A
allows simultaneous obsewatlons in the ...e x w e d to be replacadby a w t e d FA !2WB x 2048 (15 lxel W [#MIduring PeriPd 40
Blue and Fled Channel. As for EFOSC, ...ffOSC2 #8 grim with wrthed waden& range W - 5 9 5 0 1
also EMMl needs a rather narrow sllt In Notes to the aolummr:
order to exploit the full spectral resolu- IS) /hI: sale on the U&mw -1 w'I
tlm. lh2: maximum sit length 1- whkh cm be W In Ea unvlwetid fldd
f4) with the m x p t b n of EMMl the dratlon d dl- Is alwaysa l l w wlth the c d m ofthe OCD
The difference between EMMI and @ nm r : g r e a r n g s l l ~ w l n g a ~ ~ 8 ~ @ e n g t h a t r w n d 6 a ~ ) A
EFOSC becorn= Important malnly In Me 2: &$Ion [A m-'1
terms of spectral resolution: w(th an ln- (7) m i n l m entranwr ellt W h Iwmc] vAneh satlsflw #le Ny- thmm
tegration time of 1 hour spectral Infor- @) i ~ p r o ~ l e ~ s - ~ ] d n g t h e s l l t ~ ~ 1 ~ h c o l . ~ c e l a ~ a t e d a t X - % ~ )
matton down to a surface brightness
level of about 21 mag ar~sec-~ was
reached, with both lhe 3.6-m and Ule gratlon a shlft of about 0.4 ptxds waa In principleom can uae CASPEC also
NlT, but in the m e of EFOSC the In- measured. This mount of shift can, in its standard conf@uration if the Inter-
strumental dispersion was qnmt = 150 however, be easlly corrected hy taking order spacing (ranging from 5 to 19 arc-
km sdl while with EMMl q, = 20 km s-' arc spectra before and after the object sec as a function of wavdmgth) is suffi-
wsts obtained. For a almilar surface spectrum. clent for the required spatial extension.
hrightnees level, two hours of integra- However, regarding throughput, the
tion time at the 1.52-mtelescope war% crass d i m is certainly tess effldent
2.4 CASPEC than the flat minor In the long-slit mode-
needed (aw 45 krn 8'') udng an RCA
CCD as detector. This demonsfrates An interesting abmative for high-=- One may consider CASPEC about a
that the Boller & Chivens at the 1.52-m olution IonpsL s ~ s c o p yto the factor 2.5 less MItient than the Boller &
t e l w p is for many appticatkns a above cited inattuments Is the €SO Chivms with an optlmal 600 groves
S e p l ~ l r sattemaffve to other Instruments, Cassagraln M l e SpWwtaphat the mm-I grating in a comparable
particularly to EFOSC2 at the 2,2-m. 3.Bm t e l m p e . A desoription of the wavelength region and with comparable
Ttw strong points of EFOSC wd mAMl latest upgrade ts given by muhl and detectom.
&retheir high spatial resolution and their Gilliotte (1901). By replacing the cross
efiiciency In reaching falnt surface disperser with a flat mlmr In combina- 3. Detectors
brightness levels. tion with an int-mce filter an about
Slnce at the MT the Instrument adap- 50 A wide region can be isolated allow- The detectw is one of the decishe
ter follows the field rotatton, the amount ing a spatial coverap of about 2.4 arc- factors In determining not only the spec-
of instrumental flexure p m n t in the mln. In the present conflgumtion several tral and spatial resolution and coverage
spectra depends on the length of the trrtmference filters are avdlable for the but alao the total eficlsncy of the instru-
exposure Ume and of the posltion of the Ha, [O 114 (A5007 4 and [O I1QLh3727-29 ment. A certain llmltation of the o v d l
object on the sky. After a 2.6-hour Inte- 8$ regions at various redshlfts. performance were the RCA CCDs with
their rather high read-out noise (typically 4.1 Sky subtaction pmesdng ti'te exposures. Them are no
h e a n 40 and 6tl e') and often bad major dlflerencm In the operation of the
Cosmetics. Thk f o r d the user to max- The subtraction of the night sky from different telescopes. All the four tele-
imize the integration tlme which on the spectra of extended sources is very cnr- scopes In question have a sufficiently
other hand produced an excessive cial, in particular for absorption-line accurate polntimg that the object will be
number of cosmic-ray hits on the CCD. measurements. Ideally one would re- found In the central reglon of the field.
The removal of cosmic rays without cord the sky "on-line" togethet with the Apart from the 1.52-m telescope, there
modifying the underlying spectrum Is object spectnrm on the same exposure, are also similar p d u r e s to determine
not always an easy task, especially In provided that the slit length Is sufficient and control the tetescop focus. h
the a m of the object image. The safest to have a region where the contribution many applications of long-slit spectros-
approach consists in splitting the total of the object Ilght is negligible. Due to copy R is necessary to rotate the lrrstru-
exposure time in several shorter ex- the relatively small fleld at the 3.6-m ment. A m o t e control of the rotator is
posures. Then, one can rather easily telescope (about 3 arcmin), problems available only at the 3,B-m telescope
mmove cosmic-ray events by compar- with the sky subtraction may arise very and t h NIT. ~ At the 2.2-m and 1.52-m
ing intensities on a pixel-to-pixel basis. easlly, especially If the angular extent telescopes the rotation of the instrument
Here the change to the low read-out of the object exceeds 60 a r c s and requlres a manual action at the tele-
noise GCDs (like e.g. the Fordhero- deep spectra want to be obtained. A scope which can be carded out in most
spwe, Thomson and Tektronix CCDs rather reliable solution to this problem cases only if the telescope has been put
which are available now at La Sills) Im- proved to be bracketrng the object ex- to the mlth. The 1.52-m telescope has
Wves the situation. posure by two exposures of a blank sky no autoguider unR which may be a cer-
But one has to pay attention that in region having a comparable exposure tain disadvantage for long exposure
Particular the FA and Th CCDs have a time. times although the tracking is generally
much lower relative quantum d c b n c y very good.
than the RCA and Tek CCDs. An RCA 4.2 C m p i o n spectra The Boller & Chlvens, CASPEC and
CCD has typically a peak RQE ofabout EMMl have a slit viewer allowing a dlnct
Good arc spectra are also an Impor-
75% while the FA and Th CCD have only positioning of the object on the dit. In
tant factor In obtaining high-qudw the case of EFOSC the positioning has
about 45% relathe quantum efflclency. data, In the case of the Boiler & Chlvens
The diereme bcomes dramatic espe- to be done via offsets calculated from
spectrographs tradMmally HdAr lamps
clally in the wavelength region M4000 - are used, which provide an arc spec-
direct images.
Regardtng the instrument control and
5000 8, where it goes up to ARQE = trum wlth satisfactory S/N ratio m n
50%. Therefore, in order to use a given data-acqulsitlon system,the operation
with short exposures (typlcdly 5120 of EMMl is cemlnly the most time-con-
instrurnent/&tector combination at Its seconds). At EFOSC and EMMl the Situ-
maximum efficiency, one should com- suming one. One needs on the average
ation Is somewhat different: In particular about 5 mlnutes to handle an exposure
Pute beforehand whether the obswva- in the case of EFOSCl where the light of
tions are going to be sky or noise II- which cornparas to abut 2 minutes
the c&llbration lamps is projected 1 a with other instruments.
mita. large distance from the lamps, the n-
The fact that the CCDs become pro- sultlng arc spectrum Is quite Mnt. At For most 'standardmobsetvatlons the
gressively larger has on the one hand EFOSC2 and EMMl the resub are bet- Bdler & Chihivens spectrograph at the
the obvious advantages in terms of ter, but compared to the Boiler & Chi- 1.52-m Wescope may turn out to be d l
larger wavelength coverage and gain in vens generally longer integration timee in all the mom efficient Instrument,
spectral resolution, which may Improve are n e d d (up to 500 seconds)in order dnce, altogether, there is much less
the Mciency of spending OW-to arrive at an adequate Intensity level. time overhead due to positioning the
lng time. But on the other hand one has There is also the problem t h d In the object on the dit, instrument rotation,
obtaining the arc spectra, read-out tlme
to realize that in the presmt configura- wavelength reglon N O 0 0 -MOO A
tion of the data-aqulsitlon systems at there are only few Ar lines which, fur- of the CCD, etc. This becomes particu-
La Stlla a certain limit of data-process- thermore, are aho fdnt, whereas the larly Important when the sclsnce expo-
ing capability has been l l e a M or even He llnes easily saturate even wlth a sure times are short (typically <I hour).
exceeded. The H P - b a d computers 1-second exposure. In the case of EMMl In addition, the newly available FA CCD
are s.g. not capable to handte the full the Th lamp proved to be more useful In at the 1.52-mtelescope allows to cover
2048 x 2048 pixel array data of the FA this wavelength region. In addition the a wavelength range of up to 2048 A with
CCD. It has also to be taken in consid- arc spectra are often contaminated by a sampling of 1 & pixel''. For high-
eration that the read-out of a 1700 x Internal reflections ("ghosts"). But In resolution work at faint surface bright-
1700 pixel window, which is the msx- general an accurate sdution for the ness levels, on the contrary, EMMI Is
imum possible, takes about 3 minutes. wavelength callbration up to about 0.1 clearly the mob adapted instrument.
Therefore the obsemr is well advisd to pixel could always be achieved. In the I would like to thank Mettlch Baade
select a reado~ltwindow as small as context of the accuracy of the and Sandm D'Odorico, whom sugges-
possible for his purpose in order not to wavelength calibration dm the instru- tlons helped to impme thls article.
lose too much time in readsut and mental flexure Is an Important factor as
handling of the images. References
discus& before,
ESO CCD M a ~ l 3m , ation (ta SHla, May
4. Concluding Remarks 4.3 Selecting the "right"instrument ESO 9peratIng Manu611, No.2: The Boiler &
Chlvens spemcgraphs (IsBs), No.4
In the prevtow sections, emphasis Apart from the purely instrumental EFOSC (1989). No. & CASPEC (1989).
was given on Instrumentatlona) aspects questions, another Important criterion Mo. 14: EMMI {dMt 1Wl).
for obtaining science data. But there are for setecting a certain telempa/lMnr- Melnick, J., aOSC2: Not= for observers (La
several additional polnts whlch, already ment combination is the opratlng Mi- Sllla, April 1991). EMMI: Notes for obw-
at the moment of the observation, Inftu- ciency of a given system. Depending on v m (La Sllla, Sept. 1991).
en- the quality of the results obtainable the mnflguwkion there may be a consid- Pasquint, L and GillIotte, A., fhe W n g e r ,
from the data reduction. erable time overhead in preparing and 66,so (1991).
Near-Earth Object Observed at ESO
The strange object 1991 VG was ob-
served at ESO with the Danish 1.54-m
telescope durlng the nlght of December
1-2, 1991.
This object in the solar system was
first seen as a small, moving point of
light with the Spacewatch camera by
astronomers in the USA In mid-
After some days, it became possible
to compute its orbit and, most unusual-
ly, it was found to move In an orbit that
is very similar to that of the Earth. It was
also calculated that it would pass very
close to the Earth in early December,
possibly at a distance of about
450000 km, that Is lust outside the orbit
of the Moon.
The obsewations at €SO indicate
that this object may not be a natural
object (a celsstlal boulder), but is
perhaps artificial. It may for instance be
an old rocket whlch was used to launch
a spacecraft Into interplanetary space
many years ago.
The observations were carried out by The figure shows the raw CCD image with the very long trail of 1991 VG, as obtain& on
ESO astronomers Richard M. West and December 2.15 UT, when it was moving at a rate of nearly 12"/day. me exposure lasted 4
Olivier Hainaut in the early morning of minutes. me v&abI~ brightness along the trail Is caused by the tumbling motion of the object.
December 2 , when this object, now
known under the designation 1991 VG,
was less than 800,000 km from the
Earth. It was movlng rapldly over the rotates rapidly, several times each min- tory to direct radar beams towards 1991
sky (about 12'tday) and could just ute; It is probably tumbling during Its VG, when It comes wlthln the reach of
barely be followed by the telescope. flight. these Instruments tater in December.
They measured the brightness to V = The ESO astronomers also obtained The radar studies may finally settle the
17.7, whlch transforms Into a size of accurate positions of 1991 VG, which question about the nature of thls mys-
about 10 metres, and found that it will now help the Arecibo radio observa- terious object.

Sunrise over La Sitla, behind the 3.6-m dome, as photographed by ESO astronomer Alaln Smette at the end of October 1991. The sky Is
coloured red by the dust ejected into the stratosphere by the eruption earlier this year of the Pinatubo volcano on the Philippines.

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questions as of October lW1 are now has decided to decrease the rate of make it easier for us to process the
being kept in a MidakProblems data- official MIDAS releases to once p a year requests property we ask you, when
base, as they are submitted to the ESO after the 91NOV version, This will also possible, to submit requests h written
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able to both Midas users as well as to grammes. be found In the ESO-MIDAS Courier
the person assigned to the bugfix. Once It is foreseen to offer new MlDAS ap- whkh is the biannual newsletter on
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found, whether or not it actually leads an anonymous flp account to avoid un- tmage Processing Group and edlted by
lo a real ccde modification, a brief nemssary delays for external sites. This Rein Warmels.


Performance of IRAC with the New Pupil Stop
When originally installed on the tele- -1 5 %, much lower than expected from sky background. With the arrival of the
scope in 1988, IRAC-1 had a 2.8-mm the data detector sheet. 6 4 x 64 array we began using the cam-
diameter pupil stop. Following the initial Following several observing and test era at L and the extra hlgh background
tests, a very low Instrumentalefficiency nms, it was realized that the sky began to impose important limitations
was measured, and it was thought at background was slgniflcantly higher on the integration times IDIT') that could
one point that the pupil stop was too than nominal (see Moneti et al., 1991, be used with the L filter.
small and was reducing the number of The Messenger No. M,66). This was In early October 1991 an insett was
detected photons. The pupil stop was not a serious problem with the 32x32 designed and built which could be
then drilled out by J.4. Lizon to 3.7 mm, engineering amys that were used until placed inside the current pupil stop and
but no improvement of source signal December 1990: these arrays had a 2.3- which effectively reduces the pupil to
was measured, and it was deduced that prn cut-off wavelength and were not 2.6 mrn. This insert was installed and
the low efficiency was due to the inbin- sensitive in the thermal infrared, i.8. at L, tested in November 1951 and a reduc-
sically low DQE of the Philips array and where the sky (and telescope) back- tion in sky background was measured,
not to anything having to do with the ground is very high. At that time, the white the instrumental zero pojnts (i.e.
camera. The latter was corroborated by limiting sensitivities were clearly im- the source signals) were unaffected. The
laboratory measurements of the pixel posed by poor detector quality and not new sky backgrounds are summarized
fill-factor which was found to be only by the extra noise produced by the high in Table 1, and they are generally com-